The driver of gas' green halo is true: methane burns cleaner than coal, thus contributing less to global warming during combustion. However, the hydraulic fracturing process the only way industry knows to get the gas that's left releases significant amounts of methane, unburned, directly into the atmosphere. When methane isn't burned, it's 20 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Combine that with the 1,000 truck trips, on average, 2 million to 8 million gallons of water, and 10,000 to 40,000 gallons of chemicals used per well.
For those who doubt the increasing volumes of science showing that fracking is bad for the environment and bad for our health, I say to you, let's give the benefit of the doubt to our children. Let's make them proud we moved to clean energy before it was too late.
For decades, natural gas (methane) has been touted as a greener energy alternative to coal, when, according to a new Cornell University study, in considering its whole lifecycle, natural gas appears to be worse for climate change than the coal industry and is more toxic to the environment and human health.
In Colorado, where the industry has a long history and is expanding rapidly, there are more than 5,000 documented spills of toxic chemicals or "produced" fracking water. One thousand of those spills occurred in Weld County alone and research shows that more than 43 percent of them have impacted rivers and drinking water sources. In Erie, elementary school children study with a noisy, dusty, toxin filled well 350 feet from their school. Not surprisingly, they have rapidly rising asthma rates, bloody noses, and increasing GI tract issues.
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What's ridiculous is that Colorado has been hailed by many as a "hot spot" for renewable energy wind, solar and geothermal could power most of Colorado today if we put our minds and investments to it. Yes, solar panels are currently made using petroleum and metals that, when extracted, also toxify the earth. However, just like we at Patagonia are striving to move to infinitely recyclable materials, so too are the solar and wind industries. The point is, we have the technology and know how to move to a non toxic, renewable energy economy today and yet we're choosing not to.
Sixty percent of those chemicals can harm the brain and nervous system, 40 percent are known endocrine disrupters, 30 percent are suspected carcinogens, 30 percent are developmental toxicants. In fact, the natural gas industry is the only industry that permanently removes water from the natural water cycle.
This is why we at Patagonia supported an event last month called Frack Free Colorado in Denver. We, along with a number of other business leaders, believe it's time.
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