Fracking is already killing our climate and damaging our public lands. By 2014, Big Oil already had drilling leases on 38 million acres of our public land -- and now they want to lease 200 million more. Click here to tell your Congressperson to support H.R. 1902, the Protect Our Public Lands Act, and get the frack off our lands.
Today we received the shocking news that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) will be resigning from Congress at the end of next month. While we anxiously await to find out who his replacement will be, there's still a lot of work to be done to protect our climate, our public lands and our planet from the scourge of fracking. And whoever does replace Boehner, we need to greet them right away with a simple but powerful message: Get The Frack Off Our Public Lands.
According to our friends at National Resource Defense Council, in 2011 the largest oil and gas companies held leases on over 100 million acres of federal land -- that's an area of California and Florida combined.1 While that number has been reduced over the years, due to improvements in fracking technology, Big Oil is now looking to lease as much as 200 million acres to unleash this harmful and extreme practice. And we already know that we can't trust our own Department of Interior (DOI), who thinks there's a safe way to frack, to protect our lands -- even the rules they released for fracking have been described as "toothles."2
Yesterday when His Holiness, Pope Francis addressed Congress, he called for "courageous action" to addess climate change.3 And getting fracking off of public lands is actually the type of action we must pursue to heed the Pope's call. That's why we are joining forces with friends like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and CREDO to call on Congress to pass the Protect Our Public Lands Act (POPLA). Will you click here to tell your congressperson to take courageous action?
No matter what our delusional DOI believes, we know the truth: There Is No Safe Way To Frack. Fracking is antithetical to everything we have to do to avert the worst of climate disruption, including leaving 75 percent of known fossil fuels underground.4 Even "regulated" fracking can't prevent risks to public health, climate killing emissions, and yes, even earthquakes.5
Our next Speaker needs to schedule a vote for POPLA immediately, and that means we have to do our part to make sure our representatives vote the right way. That's why we need to let them know, This Land Is Our Land, So Don't Frack With It. Click here to make sure they get this message.
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