For Immediate Release
350.org Responds to Obama Administration’s Methane Rule Finalization
WASHINGTON - In response to the Obama Administration finalizing new regulations to reduce methane pollution from new and modified fracking wells, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“The only way to protect our communities from the risks of fracking, and stave off the worst impacts of climate change, is to keep fossil fuels in the ground. This rule, which does nothing to stop dangerous methane leaks from existing fracking wells, was always wholly inadequate. Insiders said it was the best President Obama could do. Then, communities across the country voiced their outrage, the climate movement pushed fracking to the forefront of the presidential campaign, and the Porter Ranch disaster shined a harsh spotlight on fracking’s worst effects. President Obama couldn’t claim the mantle of climate leadership without seriously challenging the industry’s methane problem, so he’s proposed a rule to cut pollution from existing sites as well.
We appreciate that the White House is considering those communities directly impacted by fracking and for expanding the planned regulations. While these rules are a welcome safeguard, they can never justify the ongoing expansion of fracking. One things remains clear: no amount of regulation can make fracking safe.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.