Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones. Yet the oil and gas industry is pushing to expand this dirty drilling—to new states and even near critical drinking water supplies for millions of Americans.
Drilling for gas and oil in the Utica and Marcellus Shales is threatening Ohio’s air, land and water. But the worst part may be that Ohio is fast becoming the regional dumping ground for toxic fracking waste from out of state. Fracking waste is a mixture of injected chemicals, sand and water; and corrosive salts and radioactive, heavy metals from deep underground. As a result, waste can have radiation levels up to 3,600 times what is allowable in drinking water.
Millions of bees are dying off, with alarming consequences for our environment and our food supply. We rely on bees to pollinate everything from almonds to strawberries to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. What happens if the bees disappear? It’s simple: No bees, no food.
President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is “the strongest action ever taken by an American president” to tackle global warming. But some of our leaders in Congress have vowed to do everything in their power to stop the plan. Stand with the president for our health and our future, not the polluters.
Our parks, forests and public lands are a big part of what makes this country so great. They’re where we go to spend time outdoors with our families and friends, to hike, bike, fish and see wild animals. Yet instead of helping to protect and preserve our parks and other special places for our kids and future generations, some leaders in Congress have other ideas.
Imagine being able to power your life without harming the environment. Imagine our country producing and consuming energy while we enjoy healthy, livable communities. We have the power to give kids growing up today a livable future. That’s why we're calling for a nationwide commitment to 100% renewable energy.