BOSTON — A few short weeks ago, the deceptively named Mass Coalition for Sustainable Energy — a group backed by pipeline proponents Eversource, National Grid, and Enbridge — announced that the Cape Cod, Neponset Valley and Sandwich Chambers of Commerce had joined its ranks. They are joining numerous corporate groups in the Baystate (the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts) that invest in and are in favor of drilling for fracked gas and pushing to build new pipelines to carry it through the state. This is despite the widespread knowledge that expanding our use of fossil fuels will deepen the climate change spiral we are currently facing. Burning fracked gas will prevent us from lowering our emissions as necessary to avert the climate catastrophe that is causing stronger storms, longer droughts, and rising sea levels.
What is astonishing is that they say fracked "natural" gas is a common sense, climate-friendly alternative to burning oil and coal during winter cold snaps. But, in fact, like coal and oil, fracked gas is a serious threat to our climate. The methane in fracked gas is 87 times worse for climate change than carbon dioxide. (read more)
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