Another Million or Two
That’s how many additional shale gas drilling wells are predicted to be included in the “all of the above” energy menu of our President and the Virginia Governor.
Add upÂ what that means to your children’s future. Do the accounting of debits and credits with regard to another 30 years or carbon fuels from “unconventional” sources, now that we’ve blown our way through all the easy carbon.
Calculate the number of hundreds of millions of gallons of potable water that will be suckedÂ out of our groundwater, lakes and rivers–water and turned to fracking fluid–water that canÂ never be used again for human consumption or for watering crops or livestock.
TallyÂ the thousands of miles of additional land despoiled by pipelines like the Atlantic Coast and its evil twin, the Mountain Valley Â proposed to cross Floyd County.
And on that land, add upÂ the total of devalued property (homes, schools, businesses, wetlands, hiking trails, scenic highways);Â the acres of altered, deforested, herbicide-sprayedÂ personal placesÂ forever; Â the Â immeasurable loss toÂ visitors and natives alike of the beauty, tranquility and wholeness of precious places defiled.
Calculate the metric tons of additional carbon (CO2 and MUCH more methane than previously admitted from wellhead leaks) and the degrees ofÂ atmospheric temperature increase, the number of inches of sea level rise, the number of species of birds, salamanders and as-yet-unnamed creatures that will disappear intoÂ extinctionÂ because they cannot adapt as quickly as our planet is being changed by human choice at the highest levels–not at the grassroots.
Our future is being stolen by our politicians and their corporate handlers—clearly against the will of the people who have the clarity of vision to see that the “cheap, clean and abundant” alternative of shale gas is a lie, pure and simple.