Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lifting the ban would VASTLY increase fracking, frack-sand mining, and exploding oil trains

Dear Friends:
This is an urgent message!!!!!
Lawmakers on Tuesday night agreed to end a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports as a condition of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending and taxation bill, paving the way for a dramatic increase in drilling, fracking, and carbon emissions.
This GOP sponsored legislation  comes just days after the COP21 climate talks in Paris. It threatens to undo much of the progress to address climate change made at the United Nations-brokered negotiations.
Among other environmentally damaging impacts, lifting the ban would
VASTLY increase fracking, frack-sand mining, and exploding oil trains:
  • huge increase in pressure to mine frack sand
  • more exploding oil cars s every day
  • 3.3 million more barrels of oil every day
  • 7,600 new fracking wells every year
  • 135 more coal-fired plants
  • 100 square miles of land each year lost to drilling
  • export ban lifted in exchange for extended solar/wind tax credits for only 5 years.
  • even if we lose, the more pressure we bring to bear (mostly on Democrats) now, the easier our work will be in the coming months to pressure Obama to declare nat’l environmental emergency, which allows him to reinsert the ban for one year.
This is NOT a done-deal, despite what the media says. .
Please CALL your US senator, congressperson, and the President, and tell them they must NOT vote for this bill.
  • U.S. Senator 202-224-3121
  • Congressman 202-224-3121
  • President Obama 202-456-1111 or
Please join Environmental and Climate Action Groups all over the country in a fast lobbying response to defeat this very bad legislation.
Thank you.
Ken Tschumper
1640 Tschumper Rd,
La Crescent MN. 55947