We must not allow large-scale oil and gas field development via fracking to pollute and deplete park watersheds, foul park air quality, fragment habitat for park wildlife, and create excessive industrial sound, and light pollution near our parks.
Over the last five years, our country has taken great steps toward enhancing our energy security. How? By using new technology developed by American companies that offers better access to our plentiful resources.
Too many people -- especially politicians -- aren't paying attention to the dangers of the current "boom" in natural gas development. Here are three big reasons why we should stop new gas drilling and replace fossil fuels at every opportunity with clean, renewable energy.
Just as the natural gas industry must mitigate the poisonous effect hydrofracking has on our aquifers, it must also ensure accidental methane emissions are kept to a minimum. Only then could it serve to help steer our society away from coal and petroleum based energies.
Each day brings new, irrefutable evidence that fracking is poisoning our communities. But the ban on fracking in Longmont, Colo. was nothing short of heroic given the massive amounts of money thrown about by the oil and gas industry leading up to the November vote.
For those politicians running for political office this year who value the vote of this new swing voter, the anti-fracking voter, now might be time to put everything aside and take a look at the latest documentary by Josh Fox.
Food or frac-sand: it's a decision of vital importance across the country, but one most Americans don't even realize is being made -- largely by multinational corporations and dwindling numbers of yeoman farmers in what some in this country would call "the real America."