UPDATE — Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House, which would fast track gas exports. Committee hearings are underway (3/31/14).
UPDATE — President Obama gave initial approval for a natural gas export facility on the coast of Oregon (3/24/14).
The oil and gas industry and some in Congress are using escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia to push President Obama to dramatically expedite the approval of U.S. exports of natural gas. But exporting gas abroad means:
- more fracking in the U.S., putting our drinking water, air, climate and health further at risk
- higher gas prices here at home, reversing industry claims that fracking creates energy independence
- bigger oil and gas industry profits as they sell gas to the highest abroad - most likely Asia, not Ukraine.
Instead, Congress should work to transition the U.S. off fossil fuels through proven clean energy solutions.
Please take action below, urging your Members of Congress to stop the export of oil and gas and invest in renewables. We’ll deliver your signature and additional message directly to President Obama, your U.S. Senators, your Representative and Secretary of State John Kerry.
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