Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Washington, D.C.— “The Obama administration’s intention to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) will sacrifice the well-being of U.S. communities to the oil and gas industry’s relentless thirst for profits. Promoting LNG also contradicts the administration’s claims that drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas will make the United States more energy secure. Rather than touting the so-called benefits of fracking and LNG, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz should be looking for ways to transition the U.S. to truly sustainable sources of energy like wind and solar power.
“Moniz’s speech at the National Press Club to promote the federal government’s alliance with the oil and gas industry is curiously timed. Tomorrow, many who believe that the United States should light its future with sustainable energy sources will convene in Maryland to speak out against the Cove Point LNG export facility. Approving Cove Point for exports will only exacerbate climate change and lead to more fracking in our communities. We can’t allow U.S. residents to bear the cost of fracking, or of exporting LNG to other nations.
“Likewise, governors like Martin O’Malley need to learn that they cannot frack their way to the White House. During future visits to the ballot box, those living with the negative effects of fracking will remember the role their leaders played in sacrificing their communities to the oil and gas industry.”