Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) published a report today that estimates methane leakage and climate impacts from the rapidly expanding fracking industry. The report finds even its admittedly conservative leakage rate of 2.3 percent erases any purported climate benefit of switching our energy sources from coal to natural gas. EDF’s report follows a blog published yesterday by the organization in which the author boasts that he “spend[s] a lot of [his] time working with leaders from the oil and gas industry.” Part of EDF’s work with industry is helping ensure that it is “winning the trust of investors” in building out even more fossil fuel projects and dependency in the coming years.
In response, Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch, issued the following statement:
“This report is the latest example of a futile attempt by some so-called environmental groups to improve but ultimately perpetuate our dangerous reliance on climate-killing fossil fuels. By its own admission, EDF’s report underestimates the full volume of methane leakage throughout the entire fracking process. But simply put, no amount of methane leakage is OK for the planet, and the other inherent hazards of gas fracking – including drinking water contamination, air pollution and serious human health effects – make continued dependence on this industry unacceptable.
“Furthermore, every dollar that goes into fracking means fewer dollars invested in wind, solar and other clean energy systems. Instead of looking for ways to patch up inherently flawed energy approaches like gas fracking, we should be placing an immediate moratorium on all fossil fuel development and embracing an immediate shift to 100 percent clean, renewable energy now.”
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