We're going back to FERC to shut down fracked gas infrastructure. Whether you can join us or not, please sign on to support a moratorium on these climate killing projects so we can protect our water, land and climate?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”1
With climate change, we are at a moment when humanity cannot remain silent. We must hold accountable those who are causing the climate crisis. But a network of largely invisible and unaccountable federal agencies continue to permit, and profit from, a new generation of fossil fuel infrastructure that our climate cannot afford.
That's why we're going back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) May 21-29 with a coalition of front line communities and activists called Beyond Extreme Energy. This action has already been endorsed by leaders like Robert Kennedy Jr, Naomi Klein, Mark Ruffalo and Rev. Yearwood.2 Together, we're demanding a moratorium on new fracked gas infrastructure, and a fundamental re-shaping of our energy priorities to focus on the solutions we need, not the fossil fuels that are killing us. Will you sign on to support us?
Why FERC? Robert Kennedy, Jr. has called them “a rogue agency, a captive agency.”3 FERC is the federal agency which, among other duties, has to approve fracked gas pipelines, compressor stations, export terminals and other infrastructure. And approve these climate killing projects is all that they do; they are a rubber stamp for the fracking industry.
FERC is the agency that approved the Cove Point fracked gas facility,4 and has plans to approve other facilities like it from Jordan Cove, Oregon, to Cameron Parish, Louisiana.5 They're also the agency that's approving massive new pipelines in Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and California.6
It shouldn't be like this. FERC's mandate gives them the power to reject fossil fuel infrastructure, especially if they consider the cumulative impacts of fracking on our water, land and climate. At this time of crisis, we need a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that does what is right, not a weak body whose funding comes from fees paid by the gas industry and other fossil fuel companies they “regulate.”
All of us need to take action to stop disastrous fossil fuel expansion -- more fracking, more gas pipelines, export terminals and other extreme energy projects. Together we will promote a pathway for FERC to transform into a leading institution that can support the shift from fossil fuels to wind, solar and other renewables.
We must transform FERC and other government agencies from rubber stamp agencies that permit our doom, into drivers of the solutions we need to stop climate change. Stopping FERC in an important front in the struggle to end polluter control of our government. Sign on here to support us.
Drew Hudson and the fracking fighters at Environmental Action
1 - A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., April 29, 2003
2 - Et all, We Will Not Be Silent! Letter of support for the actions in May at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington DC
3 - The Ed Show, Fighting another pipeline February 24, 2015
4 - Simon Davis-Cohen, Fighting Fossils, Letting Go of Regulatory Law, Earth island Journal, April 28, 2015
5 - FERC, LNG export facilitieis proposed, April 15, 2015
6 - FERC, Approved Major Pipeline Projects (2009-Present)