It seems that our friends in Congress have a new strategy to expedite fracking: Approve fracked gas exports faster, and minimize public participation. This week the House passed the "LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act."1 Under this law, the Department of Energy would only have 30 days to issue a ruling on the energy and economic merits of facilities to export fracked gas, also known as liquefied natural gas (LNG). To make matters worse, the Senate just held hearings on the exact same legislation,2 so we need to act fast.
Make no mistake, this bill is designed to do three things: increase fracking across our country; speed up the permitting process for these climate and community killing facilities; and reduce the ability of the public to challenge certifications by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other agencies. It's nothing more than an attempt to fast track the approval of more and more LNG export facilities. That's why I am asking you to tell your senators to put the brakes on the LNG fast track bill.
The only thing transparent about this bill is the trail of money paved by the oil and gas companies that leads to the members of Congress who voted in favor of it. Nine corporations, among the many involved in financing and operating LNG facilities, have Political Action Committees. These companies include Sempra Energy and Morgan Stanley, who are both known to buy politicians who put their profits before people. In fact, these nine corporations gave 470% more money to Representatives who voted yes on this bill than those who voted no; and spent $84.7 million lobbying Congress.3
We can't allow these companies to buy the Senate the same way they bought the House. If we do, the house known as our environment will be brought down. These corporations may have money to burn along with their climate killing chemicals, but we have something better: You and your voice. I am asking you to click here and use that voice to tell your senators to derail LNG fast track legislation, before the train even leaves the station.
Thanks for all that you do,
Anthony and The Environmental Action team.
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