Artists Against Fracking
[Action Alert] • Please take a moment to oppose hydrofracking in New York State by signing this petition: http://artistsagainstfracking.com/take-action/
Without a significant show of public opposition, Governor Cuomo will lift the moratorium against hydrofracking in NY in three weeks, and industry is ready to move in immediately once he does. The most horrible aspect of fracking is that the drilling permanently contaminates the fresh water reserves that we rely on for our future health and well-being in order to produce a short-term one-time-only burst of natural gas production. The process also releases various despicable poison gasses, including methane, that accelerate climate change.
Sean Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono launched this website: http://www.artistsagainstfracking.com/home.html On the bottom of the Artists Against Fracking page, you can click to send an email to Cuomo. So far, they have inspired 200,000 people to petition the NY government to ban this practice. We ask that everyone who reads this - whether they are New Yorkers or not - take a moment to send an email to Cuomo, and also post about it themselves on Facebook, Twitter, etc, so others in their networks will do it as well.
Of course, beyond this issue looms the larger problems of peak oil and climate change. There are many solution-based initiatives that need to happen, including home insulation to conserve energy, a shift to renewable energy sources, and even a movement to paint rooftops white which will reduce energy consumption. Still, with the current NY deadline for fracking only three weeks away, it is definitely time to act now on this issue, as the permanent contamination of NY fresh water reserves is not an option we can allow. Civil disobedience will be the next line of defense if Cuomo refuses to extend this moratorium.
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