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FERC is an Industry Rubber Stamp, in Desperate Need of Reform and Accountability to Communities it Harms

Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch


On Thursday evening the Senate confirmed two Republican nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), essentially restoring a quorum to the agency and enabling it to resume the process of approving new interstate energy infrastructure projects. In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

"Simply put, FERC exists as a rubber stamp for the profit-driven whims of the fossil fuel industry. Virtually never has the agency failed to approve a dangerous, climate-warming fracked gas pipeline or infrastructure project put before it. The Senate's action to put FERC back in business gives a shameful green light to advance a future of poisoning, polluting dirty energy in America.

"Now more than ever, it is imperative that our political leaders face the facts and come to terms with the urgent need to move off fossil fuels and on to a clean, renewable energy future before climate chaos takes permanent hold of the planet.

"In the meantime, there is good legislation pending in the House and Senate - including S. 1240, HR 2656, HR 3241 and HR 2649 - that would make great strides in holding FERC accountable to the concerns of communities it tramples on, and force it to consider climate impacts in its review process. For the sake of public health and climate stability, Congress should move these sensible bills now."

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