Friday, June 17, 2011

Say No to Unneeded Subsidies for the Gas Industry!

Say No to Unneeded Subsidies for the Gas Industry!

Making the Case for a Ban on Fracking
Take Action to Keep Your Tax Dollars from Lining Gas Industry Pockets

Pickens’ Plan to Frack America: Bad for Water, Bad for Health, Bad for Communities

Say No to Unneeded Subsidies for the Gas Industry!

June 13, 2011

Dear Kevin ,

With mounting evidence that fracking for natural gas is poisoning our air and water, and a national movement against fracking that continues to grow, why is Congress poised to commit us to an energy policy that will encourage even more fracking? Take action to protect our water from the dangers of fracking!

Today is a big day for Food & Water Watch and our supporters. We are releasing our newest report, The Case for a Ban on Gas Fracking, which highlights why natural gas drilling poses unacceptable risks to the American public. Extensive research shows how the natural gas industry’s use of water-intensive, dirty and unregulated methods of extracting natural gas are compromising public health and polluting our water. Will you take action to make sure Congress doesn’t spend $5 billion in public money to subsidize an industry that abuses our precious water resources?

A bill being pushed by Texas oil tycoon and billionaire T. Boone Pickens has been introduced in the House of Representatives. It would funnel $5 billion in subsidies to the natural gas industry while making the United States dependent on dirty shale gas drilling for generations to come. The New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act — or NAT GAS Act — might sound good from the title, but it’s really a big giveaway to the big oil and gas companies. Send an email to your legislators urging them to oppose taxpayer investments in an industry with a history of toxic fracking fluid spills, explosions and water contamination.

The sole purpose of the NAT GAS Act is to expand the available markets for the natural gas industry. These companies already receive large, unnecessary subsidies from American taxpayers. We should not repeat that mistake by further enriching this well-established industry for developing another polluting fossil fuel source.

Send an email to your legislators today:

Thanks for taking action,

Meredith Begin
Education & Outreach Organizer
Food & Water Watch

P.S. – You can learn more by checking our fracking action center, where you can find our new report, The Case for a Ban on Gas Fracking, a map of efforts to ban fracking across the country, a calendar of events, and other tools you can use to organize in your community.

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Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.



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