Update on December 19, 2012
Cigarettes are good for you, and so is fracking.
...Well that's what they would like us to think
You might be wondering why are we talking about cigarettes and fracking? The connections between the two might surprise you.
In 2009 The American Natural Gas Association hired the PR firm Hill & Knowlton, the same consultancy group that tobacco companies hired to dispel "rumors" that tobacco was causing lung cancer. Since then the Natural Gas Association has spent $80 million (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/opinion/sean-lennon-destroying-precious-land-for-gas.html?_r=0) on Hill & Knowlton's public relations spin to convince the nation that fracking does not harm the environment, impact our health, or speed up climate change.
The Natural Gas Association is hiding behind this misinformation and it's putting communities at risk yet again. Sign the Petition to Ban Fracking (http://www.causes.com/causes/799563-artists-against-fracking/actions/1697498).
Fracking contamintes drinking water:
EPA released a report (http://www.nature.com/news/is-fracking-behind-contamination-in-wyoming-groundwater-1.11543)showing that fracking had contaminated groundwater in Wyoming because fracking wells leaked. This contamination isn't a surprise since a single fracking well can use up to 80-300 tons of chemicals.
Fracking pollutes the air we breathe:
Multiple studies (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/04/fracking-could-cause-elevated-levels-of-air-pollutants-near-gas-wells/256158/) have found higher rates of air pollutants that cause respiratory and neurological problems in areas where fracking wells exist. Not even school zones (http://www.lighthousesolar.com/blog/fracking-at-the-erie-elementary-school-photo-shoot/) are safe from fracking.
Fracking speeds up climate change:
A recent Cornell University study (http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/155101-report-gas-from-fracking-worse-than-coal-on-climate) concluded that natural gas produced by fracking contributes to climate change at least as much as coal does.
The facts speak louder than spin and just like there is no safe cigarette, there is no safe fracking. We need new, clean energy, not yesterday's dirty energy. Don't let your friends fall for the fracking industry's misinformation; invite them to sign the petition (http://www.causes.com/causes/799563-artists-against-fracking/actions/1697498?open_inviter=true) telling Governor Cuomo to ban fracking in New York.