To really know me is to know my main three passions: 1) My 12-year-old daughter, she’s my amazing and caring sidekick through life’s adventures – be they picking rocks, working in the yard, or even holding heated political debates with friends and family. 2) Pollinators and fighting everything that is pro-green grass lawn related (including many heated political debates with friends and family. 3) POLITICS! No secret here – I’m as liberal as they come, with an ACLU sticker on my front door (surprise, this also includes many heated political debates with friends and family. And people online. And strangers in line at the store. And on and on and on).
So, let’s talk about that fantastic new clean fossil fuel – Freedom Gas! https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-authorizes-additional-lng-exports-freeport-lng
If you aren’t familiar with the concept, on May 28th, 2019, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), approved a large expansion to the amount of natural gas that the United States (US) exports to the rest of the world. The official release from DOE includes the following (see link for complete statement), “Increasing export capacity…is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy…There’s no doubt today’s announcement furthers this Administration’s commitment to promoting energy security and diversity worldwide.”
My oh my…where to start? Freedom Gas is a methane-based fuel. Methane does have a shorter lifetime than CO2, BUT methane has over 80 times more affect as a greenhouse gas than CO2 – this makes methane a MUCH greater cause of the greenhouse gases which cause climate change.
Natural gas is a “cleaner” burning fuel than oil and coal. In 2004, natural gas emissions accounted for 5.3 billion tons of atmospheric CO2, coal and oil accounted for 10.6 and 10.2 billion tons each respectively. By 2030, at current rates natural gas will be 11 billion tons, while coal and oil will be 8.4 and 17.2 billion tons each (https://www.ipcc.ch/assessment-report/ar4/). Just how “clean” is “cleaner”??
The fact that a non-renewable fossil fuel is being referred to as a clean source of energy in an official US Government document continues to show the current administration’s blatant disregard of scientific facts and its desire to fill the pockets of some of their highest contributing donners – the fossil fuel industries. As an entity that serves to protect our country and its resources, the recent administration’s broad stance has been to roll back as many environmental protections as possible to benefit these large industries. On a side note, the New York Times has just published an updated recap on actions against environmental rules the administration is actively working against: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html
It is a proven scientific truth that greenhouse gas emissions are causing critical climate change. Having an administration in place that has a goal of making more money for big industry (no matter what the cost is to our world) and rolling it out under the guise of spreading “molecules of U.S. Freedom” is beyond shameful. If you aren’t now, you need to start acting against these politicians. Contacting your representatives is just one small step in the right direction. #resistbot