On Tuesday, November 27, President Obama signed into law HR 2606, the New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act, which authorizes the construction of the Rockaway Lateral pipeline project in Gateway National Recreation Area – the very area that has just been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The Rockaway pipeline will carry fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale. Supporters of the Rockaway pipeline tout gas as “clean energy,” but this is a lie.
- Natural gas is by far the greatest source of methane emissions in the United States today. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is at least 21 times more potent than CO2. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, and this is what is causing climate change.
- Radioactive radon combines with shale gas during fracking; radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Gas from the Marcellus Shale contains 70 times the radon of other shale gases. That radon will be coming directly into New Yorkers’ kitchen stoves.
- Fracked gas has a larger carbon footprint than the dirtiest coal. It uses up billions of gallons of freshwater, which is forever poisoned with a host of heavy metals and lethal toxins.
For all his post-Sandy talk about climate change, by signing HR 2606 into law President Obama has shown that he is willing to sell our future to the fossil fuel industry. He is passing the true cost of climate change – our water, our air, our soil, our very future on this planet – onto our children and grandchildren.
The politicians are in criminal collusion with Big Oil. They have consistently refused to take the leadership on climate change. Time is running out. We must become the leaders we’ve been waiting for. Our life on this planet depends on it.