Photo from EcoWatch: Top 5 Reasons Why LNG Exports are a Very Bad Idea
Truly horrifying new report on the rapid approval of liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminals, the dominant role LNG industry lobbyists have in decision making, and the revolving door between the federal government and the LNG industry.
Introducing “Natural Gas Exports: Washington’s Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat”
By Steve Horn and Lee Fang, DeSmogBlog, 19 November 2014
Current law dictates that LNG export terminals must face broad environmental and public interest review by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). However, the Obama administration has pledged to hasten the regulatory process, while Congress has placed renewed pressure on regulators to streamline approvals. And LNG export applicants face lower regulatory barriers when exporting to countries that have free trade agreements with the United States.
Connecting U.S. natural gas to the global market through LNG exports will raise the price of natural gas for U.S. consumers and provide a powerful new market incentive for expanded domestic fracking. The climate and ecological consequences of such a pursuit are unquestionably dangerous. But most policymakers in Washington have ignored that element of the
debate. Instead of conducting a sober analysis of the costs and benefits of expanding LNG exports, regulators and lawmakers have followed the lead of a multi-tentacled lobbying campaign managed by the shale gas industry.
We’re only about halfway done over here, so there might very well be a part two to this post, or some tweeting in the days to come!
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Sandra Steingraber is a New York State anti-natural gas activist extraordinaire, teacher, eco-biologist, author, and parent. She is also a cancer survivor–a cancer linked to drinking water contamination. She has written several books including Living Downstream: an Ecologists Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, and Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. The book is named after her son and is about all of our children, ourselves, and our friends and families that are being raised and living on the contemporary earth. In it she reminds us that there are thousands of human made toxic chemicals, including at least 200 known brain poisons that flow freely.
Today Steingraber is in jail, again, standing up for all of us. She is defending us against a corporate economic culture that cares about profit and expansion and not much else. A few years back, when she was in the Chemung County Jail, that time over an “Earth Day” remembrance, she said about her choice to go to jail: “A heroic narrative is a substantial one. Against all odds, it is possible that standing up can make a difference. Every person has the opportunity to have a heroic narrative in their lives, and so when our children ask- Are we going to die, it is the beginning of a heroic narrative to say, No–I am on the job, I will help make a difference.”
Sandra Steingraber wrote this letter for EcoWatch from the Chemung County Jail this morning to share with our readers and beyond.
Steingraber published a new letter from the Chemung County Jail in EcoWatch on 21 November 2014. An excerpt from “Why I am in Jail” is below.
Seneca Lake is one of New York State’s Finger Lakes. The ecology of the area makes this a distinct bio-region. This is a popular tourist area, an important agricultural area (wine and grapes), and an area of both subtle and dramatic beauty. These lakes in west central New York were the heart of the Haudenosaunee homeland. It was defended from European colonization until the 18th century when the 1779 Sullivan Expedition slashed, burned and murdered its way through the territory and effectively ended the reign of the people.
Later, the region became home to various civil rights activists including Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. Seneca Falls, located between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, is birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement and has always been a place of activism. It was also the model for Bedford Falls, portrayed in Frank Capra’s iconic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Ithaca, New York, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, is nearby.
The trial of Henry Harris, charged with trespassing at Vermont Gas Systems’ (VGS) headquarters in South Burlington on May 27th, ended today with a not guilty verdict. Harris and other members of Rising Tide Vermont blockaded the main entrance of VGS and dropped a massive banner from the roof, demanding the company immediately cancel its plans to build the fracked gas pipeline.
By Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project
Ayoreo family in the Gran Chaco in Paraguay. This family and their community were relocated from their homeland by groups who want to exploit the Chaco. Photolangelle.org
Global Justice Ecology Project just arrived in Paraguay for two weeks of meetings on the themes of wood-based bioenergy, genetically engineered trees, the impacts of livestock and GMO soy production on global deforestation levels, and the solutions to climate change and deforestation provided by local communities maintaining and caring for their traditional lands.
Looking out of the Asunción hotel room at the wide majestic Paraguay river, and the expanse of forest on the other side, feeling the tropical humidity and listening to the rumble of distant thunder, it is hard to imagine that yesterday my GJEP colleague and I woke up in the midst of a major snowstorm in Buffalo, NY.
Filed under Biodiversity, Bioenergy / Agrofuels, Corporate Globalization, Ending the Era of Extreme Energy, Forests, Forests and Climate Change, GE Trees, Indigenous Peoples, The Greed Economy and the Future of Forests, Tree Plantations, Uncategorized
GJEP’s partners at the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Center for Biological Diversity are taking the offensive over the US drive to advance tarsands pipeline development in the US.
Activist groups sue over border pipeline
By David Shaffer, Star Tribune, November 12, 2014
Tribal and environmental groups alleged the State Department should not have approved a temporary pipeline change allowing more Canadian oil to flow into Minnesota.
File photo of construction on the Alberta Clipper in 2009. Photo Enbridge
Tribal and environmental groups have sued the U.S. State Department for approving a temporary plan by a Canadian pipeline company to increase the flow of heavy crude oil from Alberta into Minnesota before a federal environmental study is finished.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, alleges that the State Department violated the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws in approving the temporary increase in oil flow and in not releasing information about it. The suit seeks an injunction to halt the project.
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Arrests of FERC blockaders. Photo credit: Popular Resistance @PopResistance Twitter feed
Protesters are actively blockading FERC offices in DC to protest the government agency’s rubber stamping of fracking infrastructure. This include the recent approval by FERC to store fracked gas in salt caverns beneath NY’s Finger Lakes region.
The protest, however, joins people together from across the country who are tired of FERC approving fracked gas infrastructure in their communities.
Yesterday, 25 people were arrested. It continues today.
Read more about yesterday’s arrests here, and follow for updates!
Breaking: 25 Arrested Shutting Down FERC Office in DC
By Stefanie Spear. EcoWatch. 3 Nov. 2014
Nearly 100 people from across the country participated in a nonviolent direct action protest this morning shutting down the office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC. Today’s action was led by some of the Great March for Climate Action marchers who arrived at the nation’s capital on Nov. 1 after a 3,000-mile cross country walk from Los Angeles, California to Washington, DC
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