BBC Program on Fracking, featuring Professor Iain Stewart.

ReBlogged from Lack of Environment: http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/my-final-word-on-fracking/#respond

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Professor Iain Stewart

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Letter written to Professor Stewart by Lack of Environment, author Martin Lack: http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/my-final-word-on-fracking/#respond

Herewith appended below is an email I sent today to Professor Iain Stewart (and copied to all those named in it).

Dear Professor Stewart,

I wanted to express my appreciation for the sensitive way in which you handled the issues in last night’s Horizon programme and for all the facts, figures and research findings it contained.  I was particularly interested in the evidence that shale gas has escaped from poorly-constructed wells in the USA.  Even if the UK can improve on the 6 to 7% failure rate in the USA, 100% success (i.e. no failures) is highly improbable.  Therefore, if fracking must be pursued (for whatever reason), this would make it imperative that the BGS establish baseline monitoring for methane as soon as possible. Would it be possible to get a copy of the transcript of the programme (or a list of References)?

Given my geological background and my MA in Environmental Politics, I have written a great deal about Fracking and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) on my blog.  However, having started out very much opposed to both Fracking and CCS, my position has evolved as a consequence of ‘exchanges of views’ I had last year with Professor Peter Styles (Keele) and with Professor Robert Mair (Cambridge/Royal Society).  As a result of these exchanges – summarised or linked to here on my blog – I would agree with Peter that we probably need shale gas.  However, I believe Peter also agrees with me that we probably cannot afford it*.  I also understand that the remit of the Royal Society specifically excluded the long-term sustainability implications of pursuing fracking.

Nevertheless, this leaves me wondering whether you could encourage the BBC to do a second programme to address the consequences of humans burning all the Earth’s fossil fuels simply because they are there; and/or the need for ‘Western’ per capita energy consumption to be drastically reduced?  Having read David MacKay’s book, Sustainable Energy: Without The Hot Air, I think our biggest problem is that most people do not think holistically about the problems we face or, even worse, they seem to think concepts such as ‘ecological carrying capacity’ are just eco-Marxist propaganda.  However, although it would seem that CCS is now going to be essential in order to minimise anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), I think it is also the biggest obstacle to getting politicians to take decisive action to decarbonise our power generation systems.

Even if such a second Horizon programme is not likely, I remain very appreciative of all you have done – and are doing – to raise the profile of ACD as an Earth Science issue that should be of concern to all.

Kind regards, [etc]

ReBlogged from Lack of Environment: http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/my-final-word-on-fracking/#respond

* If fracking becomes the new energy boom, it is very hard to see how CCS will ever be able to be rolled-out on a global scale to keep pace with unabated CO2 emissions.

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Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Challenges New Shell Tar Sands Mines .

Sign California! Support Fracking Moratorium AB 1301 Petition. 350.org Bay Area

Bill Moyers, My Hero! ‘The Toxic Assault on Our Children’ and ‘Dance of the Honey Bee’

BILL MOYERS and Company present…

Full Show: The Toxic Assault on Our Children

April 19, 2013

Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to explain why she was willing to go to jail — and did — for blocking access to the construction of a storage and transportation facility involved in the controversial process of fracking. Steingraber has become internationally known for building awareness about toxins she says are threatening our children’s health by contaminating our air, water and food, and talks to Bill about how we must take action stop these “toxic trespassers.”

With government captured by the very industries it’s supposed to regulate, Steingraber has lost patience with politicians and corporations, and says we need to work together now to prevent destruction to the environment.

Also on the show, Bill presents the short documentary “Dance of the Honey Bee.” Narrated by Bill McKibben, the film takes a look at the determined, beautiful, and vital role honey bees play in preserving life, as well as the threats bees face from a rapidly changing landscape.

Bill Moyers

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Sandra Steingraber, Scientist & Author, Raisin...

Sandra Steingraber, Scientist & Author, Raising Elijah (Photo credit: SteveHarbula)

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Message from 350.org. Make your voice heard. Give the State Department and President Obama your opinion on the Keystone XL pipeline.

10 DAYS!

That’s how long we have to flood the State Department

with comments opposing Keystone XL.

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To hit a million comments, it will take a lot of us pitching in in different ways.

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At 350, we won’t email you every day for 10 days (more likely 4 or 5),

but we will use social media and other tools at our disposal

 to promote the push every day between now and the 22nd. 

In particular, we will be relying on our Social Media Team

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Keystone XL is a climate disaster, and an economic loser.

If built, it would carry 800,000 barrels a day of tar sands to export for the next 50 years,

leaving a toxic legacy for communities along the route,

and a massive carbon footprint on the atmosphere.

And we’re going to do whatever we can to stop it.

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Thanks for all you’ve done, and all you will do to stop the pipeline.

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Can you submit a comment to the President and State Department
explaining the energy security case for stopping the pipeline?
Click here to submit your comment: act.350.org/letter/kxl-sprint-day-1/
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I oppose Keystone XL because it is simply not in our national interest.

TransCanada has already arranged to export the oil shipped through this pipeline,

allowing them to pad their bottom line and pump more money into tar sands development.

We don’t need their oil and we certainly don’t need their toxic mess.

The only reason to build this pipeline

is to expand TransCanada’s profits and further expand tar sands

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Trans Canada Keystone Oil Pipeline (Photo credit: shannonpatrick17)

For the next ten days our friends across the movement are coordinating a ‘Comment Sprint’ to submit hundreds of thousands of comments against the pipeline — hopefully hitting 1 million in total.

If you’ve already submitted a comment, keep reading: you’re able to submit more than one, and in fact, you should. We want to show that people are opposed to the pipeline for many reasons, all of them grounded in hard facts, so every day for ten days, we’ll focus on a new reason to oppose the pipeline and submit new comments.

The State Department’s review has been heavy on politics and light on science, so the more we focus on the facts, the stronger our case to the President and the public will be to stop the pipeline.

The first day of the comment sprint is today. The first issue we’re focusing on is how the pipeline undermines energy security. We need to clear about one thing: TransCanada wants this pipeline so they can get tar sands oil to export.

President Obama’s job is to decide whether the pipeline is in the US national interest. TransCanada has shown that it’s not. In filings to the State Department and contracts with refiners, they’ve spelled out their plans to pad their profits by exporting it to the international market where it will fetch a higher price — putting more money in the pockets of big oil and accelerating tar sands development in Canada.

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Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-20...

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Rachel Maddow: Exxon turns to paper towels for oil spill clean up!

The Rachel Maddow Show (TV series)

The Rachel Maddow Show (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LINK TO THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW FEATURING EXXON MOBILE CLEANUP WITH PAPER TOWELS!

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/51473926

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Exxon’s Paper Towel Clean Up….Don’t Worry About The Keystone Pipeline or any Oil Spills on land because the Great Way Exxon Cleans Up Oil Spills on land / marshes is to use Paper Towels and I am NOT joking by any means of that sentence…i Have a picure of it and I saw video footage of it a few seconds ago…..NOT NORMAL…these people plunder the earth just to make boat loads money at huge profits….and i get that corps are people too…but then what about morals like in individuals…..

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Birds killed as a result of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill. Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)