Today is the 42nd Earth Day, and we are thankful that Senator Gaylord Nelson created this important event.Without the first Earth Day, we would, in all likelihood, have no EPA, no Clean Air Act, and no Clean Water Act.
Yet the EPA and those acts have been increasingly under assault, most notably from the so-called “Halliburton Loophole”, which exempts the natural gas industry from not only the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, but also from Superfund legislation, effectively giving the gas companies free reign to pollute indiscriminately for the sake of profits (claims that fracking will lead to energy independence are rubbish, as most natural gas will be exported to foreign countries where the purchase price is much higher than in the United States). This leaves it to the states and local governments to take action to make sure that hydrofracking is banned.
Joel Tyner has called for a nationwide ban on hydrofracking, and also criminalization, and we supporters thank him for his efforts. In addition to likely aquifer contamination from hydrofracking, there are threats of extensive air pollution. Methane is twenty-one times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas, and will accelerate climate change.
We will write more tomorrow about the dangers of hydrofracking; but please take some time to think about this threat to our environment, and to take action.