Climate Change and Energy Policy
Climate Change, or global warming, is the increasing average annual global temperature and is caused by the build-up of unnatural amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG), like carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). The science is clear that human activities are contributing to global climate change, and urgent action is needed. While local and state governments are working to reduce emissions, a coordinated federal approach is critical for the United States to transform our behavior, energy use patterns, and economy to meet the challenge of the climate crisis.
Today, dramatic changes in climate are occurring throughout the U.S. and across the planet. Impacts from climate change include increasing intensity of storms, severe droughts, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels. We are already seeing degraded fisheries, drought-related water shortages, decreased agricultural yields, increased incidents of heat-related death and illness, and higher asthma rates from increased air pollution. We have to act now in order to curb the effects of climate change and protect our health, environment, and economy.
CCE works at the local, state, regional, and federal level to advance solutions to the climate crisis.We advocate for comprehensive energy policies that support renewable energy (such as offshore wind and solar power) and energy efficiency, while ending our dependence on dirty, polluting fossil fuels.
What is Hydrofracking?
To recover natural gas deposits in shale formations, including the Marcellus and Utica, the industry uses a process termed high volume hydraulic fracturing, which uses millions of gallons of water, laced with a cocktail of chemicals, to fracture shale and release gas.
Inherent Risks of Hydrofracking
Communities from Texas to Pennsylvania have been impacted by industrial fracking operations. Fracking activities operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during production. Volumes of toxic, radioactive, and caustic liquid waste by-products pose storage, treatment, and disposal problems. Regular operations, as well as accidents, can adversely impact the environment and public health. Well casings that are intended to prevent methane and toxic liquids from contaminating groundwater are prone to failure. Studies have shown that 6-7% of well casings fail immediately, while 50% fail after 30 years!
New York Victory: On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Governor Cuomo officially announced a ban on fracking in New York State. We are profoundly thankful to Governor Cuomo for taking decisive action to protect New York from the inherently dirty and dangerous process of fracking.
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