This bill is a dream come true for the fossil fuel industry.
- Hasten Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities in the US. These facilities increase the demand for fracked natural gas, and then send that gas oversees. This would result in more communities harmed by natural gas fracking, pipelines, and facilities, and a big increase in climate emissions.
- Make the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) the lead agency in authorizing natural gas projects. FERC has a horrible track record, always approving pipelines approved by industry at the expense of local communities and the environment. We need to curtail its power, not increase it.
- Increase funds for extraction of fossil fuels in coastal waters. After the Deepwater Horizon debacle, we need to put a moratorium on off-shore drilling, not expand it.
- Expedite the process for allowing fracking on Federal lands.
At the same time, this legislation does absolutely nothing to increase wind or solar power in the US. While the US needs to shift rapidly to clean energy sources, this legislation would move us backwards.
Incredibly, most Democrats in the Senate have not raised their voices in opposition, but they have the power to put the brakes on this bill. Senator Bernie Sanders is leading the charge against this fossil-fuel industry giveaway, and we need to increase opposition quickly.
There is still time to kill this bill.
That’s why we all need to call our senators today, Republican or Democrat, and tell them to oppose the deeply flawed Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 that will lock the US into fracking and fossil fuels, without any support for wind or solar.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
- Todd Larsen