Dear G7, Fossil Fools: Liquefied frac’d *un*natural gas is a bridge fuel to climate disaster

My note that I attached to this open letter to Ireland’s Minister for Energy, Eamon Ryan, on LNG U-turn.

Dear Minister Ryan.

My community was frac’d, starting in 2001. Encana broke all laws in place to protect drinking water, our regulators engaged in fraud to cover it up and let the company keep frac’ing and refrac’ing us. Now, in 2023, as a senior, I am still hauling alternate water, a most frustrating, expensive, and tiring chore. Soon, I will physically no longer be able to do it. Then what? If you allow LNG, which is frac’d gas (there nothing natural about it), you and your gov’t will cause more and more and more families to be harmed in North America, like I was. Don’t do it. The harms are massive. There are better ways. You can read about my story in Andrew Nikiforuk’s book Slick Water. I urge you to get a copy, and read it.

The frac harmed in Dimock, PA, USA, were just betrayed by Gov Josh Shapiro, and the court, to make the world think justice had been served to the families frac’d, with contaminated life-threatening water like mine. The court hearing was just another fraud to enable more frac’ing in that already dreadfully frac-harmed community, so that the violently extracted “natural” gas can be shipped to countries like yours, as LNG. The sordid betrayal is here:

Study what the company, regulator, gov’t and judge did to the people of Dimock. Study Slick Water and learn what was done to me and other families in Alberta. There is no possible way to frac without causing significant harms, harms that are never mitigated or fixed. The frac’d aquifers in my community have not been repaired, the frac’d aquifers in Dimock also, have not been repaired.

Think. And then, think again. If you allow LNG to come into your country, you abuse many of us in North America, again and again and again. We deserve the frac’ing of our water, health and lands to stop so that we may live a few years in peace before we die. LNG to Ireland will ensure they never stop frac’ing us.

Sincerely, Jessica Ernst

This is excellent! G7: Liquefied natural gas is a bridge fuel to climate disaster by Leah Qusba, April 14, 2023, The Hill

The eyes of the world are on Sapporo, Japan this weekend as energy ministers of some of the world’s largest economies, the G7, meet to discuss global climate and energy policy. In early versions of the G7 draft publication, countries emphasized financing liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports as a supposed bridge fuel to a clean energy future. These claims were met with alarm and disgust from scientists, activists, policymakers and even some G7 nations — and frontline groups, youth advocates and other climate advocates jumped into action to ask the Biden administration take a stand against U.S. further LNG liquefaction and export expansion. Later drafts have since walked back language on investing in LNG exports, though, there is still much in the draft to spark concern. 

LNG is not a bridge fuel to a clean-energy future. The production and transportation of LNG results in significant emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is responsible for approximately 30 percent of global warming.

The carbon footprint of LNG is often larger than that of coal, due to the leakage of methane during the production and transportation process. It’s a bridge that ends in a hotter, more dangerous world for all of us, especially the world’s most vulnerable people and ecosystems.

We cannot afford to build that bridge—one there’s no coming back from. Last year, the G7 committed to ending financial support for the fossil fuel industry by the end of 2022.

However, according to a report from Oil Change International, G7 countries financed $73 billion for fossil fuel projects between 2020 and 2022, over twice the financing they provided for clean energy during this time period ($28.6 billion). And just this week, the Biden administration approved LNG exports from Alaska Gasline Development Corp’s project.

Japan, the host of both this weekend’s ministerial G7 meeting and the G7 summit in late May, is a primary culprit, hiding their financial support of fossil gas projects as part of their “Green Transformation Strategy”. Fossil fuel companies, of course, are in full support of this new tactic in which they capitalize on global instability and human suffering to further rig the system in their favor. 

The era of fossil fuels is coming to an end — and we need to accelerate it for the sake of humanity, ecosystems and life on earth everywhere.And for our economies and personal pocket books! Fossil Fool Pollution is destroying jobs and economies, every where we look. The U.S. and other G7 governments have used taxpayer money to prop up a dying industry for too long. We have already seen the decline of coal due to market pressures as renewable energy becomes more abundant and cost-effective.

Without government financing of new LNG and other gas facilities around the world, these risky, dirty and harmful new projects would be dead on arrival.

Many of these same countries, including the U.S., have already signed onto an agreement reached at COP26 in Glasgow committing to end “new direct public support for the international unabated fossil fuel energy sector within one year of signing this statement [end of 2022], except in limited and clearly defined circumstances that are consistent with a 1.5°C warming limit and the goals of the Paris Agreement.” State-based climate litigation jeopardizes energy security policy Opportunism, hypocrisy & graft, oh my! Guiding lights of the new GOP

The International Energy Agency has stated that no new investments can be made in fossil fuel infrastructure if we are to keep temperatures below the 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

Our message to the G7 is clear: Don’t be hypocrites. Honor your commitments and end financing and support of new LNG infrastructure. 

Leah Qusba is the executive director of Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE).

Refer also to:

Montana: Courageous integral Judge Michael Moses rules officials failed to adequately consider climate pollution, cancels natural gas power plant permit

Rhode Island vs 21 Oil & Gas Companies: Judge William Smith characterized operations “leading to all kinds of displacement, death (extinctions, even), and destruction….Defendants understood the consequences of their activity decades ago…. But instead of sounding the alarm, Defendants went out of their way to becloud the emerging scientific consensus and further delay changes – however existentially necessary – that would in any way interfere with their multi-billion-dollar profits.”

Study: U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Pentagon Spending, The world would be richer and healthier if the full costs of fossil fuels were paid, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund

Judicial Tragedy: U.S. District Judge William Alsup wanted to “stick to the science” and avoid politics, presided over standing room only tutorial on climate change, but let big oil off using politics. Science is on humanity’s side, the law is not

10 Years ago! Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says It’s Unconstitutional For Gas Companies To Frack Wherever They Want; Act 13, Gas Industry Takeover Law thrown out by State’s Highest Court

“By any responsible account,” Chief Justice Castille wrote, “the exploitation of the Marcellus Shale Formation will produce a detrimental effect on the environment, on the people, their children, and the future generations, and potentially on the public purse, perhaps rivaling the environmental effects of coal extraction.”

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