Erie News-Times Op-ed: No to fracking, no to export terminal

As Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents, we thank the governors of the Delaware River Basin Compact for voting on Feb. 25 to ban hydraulic fracking permanently from the Delaware Valley — a great boost to the public’s enjoyment of the scenic beauty of the Delaware River, protection of water quality for 17 million people and the river’s future for tourism and commerce.

This vote represents the culmination of a decade’s work by dedicated Americans who oppose fracking as a danger to the river, and our states. However, President Biden’s representative abstained. We wonder why.

Natural gas, methane, is many times more warming of the Earth than even CO2. Avoiding methane prevents a worse climate crisis than we already have.

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Des Moines Register Op-ed: Gas Is Too Risky For Our Climate Future

Last month’s polar vortex and other extreme weather events from the past year in Iowa and nationally have shown us the risks of continuing to rely on fossil fuels. As fuel lines froze, large volumes of gas and coal power plants were not able to operate during extreme cold putting millions at risk. Massive power outages caused millions of people, from here in Iowa down to Texas, to survive against the raw elements.

Some suffered and died due to hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, or fires caused by burning their own belongings for warmth. While some renewables were also forced offline, clean energy was largely more reliable than fossil fuels during this crisis.

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