17 Feb '15, 8am

8 ways Obama sucks on climate

8 ways Obama sucks on climate

Obama touts natural gas as a cleaner bridge fuel to get us from coal to renewables. That’s problematic for a number of reasons. One of them is that the current natural gas boom is made possible by the rampant deployment of fracking technology, which has adverse environmental and health impacts on neighboring communities, due to the release of volatile organic compounds into the air, along with gas and mysterious chemicals from fracking fluids into water sources. Natural gas companies point to the dearth of data linking fracking to water pollution or long-term health effects — a problem which has not been helped by EPA abandoning at least three studies of fracking’s effect on drinking water. Meanwhile, the administration promised to make rules governing fracking on federal land that would set the highest possible environmental standards and provide a good example for states...

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