I’m from Scranton, Pennsylvania, a city under siege by fracking, so last week when I heard President Obama give a full throttled endorsement for natural gas, I winced. And based on the flurry of activity on Facebook and in blog posts, I know I wasn’t the only one alarmed.
Don’t get me wrong, President Obama’s commitments on climate, Keystone XL and reducing pollution from coal are a big step forward — but we cannot truly address the climate crisis and transition to a clean, just energy future by embracing false solutions. We need a U-turn on fracking, and it needs to start now.
Our pressure pushed President Obama to lead on climate and rethink Keystone XL, and now we must push back on fracking and make it clear that we demand a just transition away from ALL dirty energy to a clean energy economy.
In the coming weeks we’re going to ramp up our organizing to do just that, but for this to be successful we’re going to need a massive movement led effort.