Instead of responding responsibly to the climate crisis, the chief climate denier in the White House, Donald Trump, continues to promote the fossil fuel industry. And even worse, he wants to bail out his fossil fuel friends in response to the rapidly declining oil price.
The world’s largest oil exporter has signalled that it is investing in the world’s largest shale play. And that can only be further bad news for the climate.
All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic stability, community cohesion, and long-term economic vitality.
The growing protest against the highly controversial North Dakota Access pipeline will end up in court tomorrow in Washington DC, when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers will be heard.
The low oil price continues to cause carnage with the oil industry and increasingly once-untouchable US shale companies. Indeed, the Saudi strategy to kneecap the American fracking industry looks not only like it is paying off, but will not be reversed anytime soon.