Walter Brasch: Nevertheless, the industry is digging in and defending not only its destruction of the environment and public health, but to recapture “fracking”— with a “k”—as good and pure.
Dan Bacher: Want to have some fun and challenge corporate agribusiness at the same time? Then attend a mock reception outside the home of famous (infamous) Delta water diverters, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, hosted by the No on Proposition 1 campaign.
Lauren Steiner: Whatever you do, don’t tell the audience that the trillion-dollar business opportunity of the future is based on the continued production of natural gas through fracking.
Walter Brasch: The EPA identified about 1,000 chemicals that the oil and gas industry uses in fracking operations, most of them carcinogens at the strengths they shove into the earth.
Ed Rampell: Some may find Wasserman to be an alarmist, while others might regard him as a prophet. In any case, he is also a jokester and on the, uh, lighter side this ’60s “leftover” advocated “legalization of hemp and marijuana.”
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: What do rigged corporate trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Treaty, an international climate agreement to be signed in 2015, have in common? They are both tools being pushed by the power elite to rip away our hopes for democracy and to commodify all things to monetize them for profit.
John MacMurray: In the United States, according to economists and geologists, we have mostly seen Peak Oil. Any petroleum we get from here on will require drilling deeper, and fracking.
John MacMurray: Although there are laws and regulations, both state and Federal, concerning fracking, the oil and gas industry has succeeded in having a myriad of exemptions, which have largely de-fanged the laws.
John MacMurray: To get a picture of what this blast of water does to the rock below, try this: put a brick on the sidewalk. Hit the brick with a large hammer. Notice all the broken pieces and shards. That’s what fracking does.
Walter Brasch: Railroad derailments in the United States last year accounted for more than one million gallons of spilled oil, more than all spills in the 40 years since the federal government began collecting data.
Dan Bacher: While there are many powerful industries based in California, ranging from the computer and high tech industry to corporate agribusiness, no industry has more influence over the state’s environmental policies than Big Oil.
Richard Corral: But the pressure from plastic bag-makers that make money from pollution isn’t only from inside Sacramento. The far-right policy kingpin Grover Norquist has weighed in with Mike Gatto from Washington, D.C.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: We are poised to stop these attempts to rig the international economy in favor of multinational corporations and move to a new model of trade that respects the rights of people and nature, but it will take a coordinated effort.