Dear President Obama
The Clean Energy Revolution is NOW
In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama stated that nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy. He went on to say that American oil production was at that point the highest that it had been in eight years. He made reference to the fact that the United States has a supply of natural gas that can last nearly 100 years. He declared that the country needs a strategy that develops every available source of American energy. The crowd responded with a standing ovation. President Obama also said that climate change is a fact and that when future generations ask if we did all that could have been done to provide a safer, more stable world with new sources of energy, he wants the answer to be yes.
Being the president is a tough job. It’s not easy to keep so many different factions happy while at the same time being in charge of guarding the country’s future and security. When President Obama took office he could not have predicted the amount of change that he would experience on the energy front. He proposed more deep water drilling, but then the BP Oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. He suggested that nuclear energy might be a part of the future, but then the plant in Fukushima flooded, leaked, and was closed. He approved drilling in the Arctic north, but it proved too risky.
During this same period of time, alternative sources of energy such as solar and wind grew dramatically. Solar panels now abound on rooftops and windmills can be seen across fields and desert landscapes. More jobs are being created in the renewable industries than in any other sector.
Still, during President Obama’s term, fracking became a household word and 80,000 new oil and gas wells were drilled across the country. But that cheap oil and gas filled Americans with failed promises.
Right now, over 17 million people in the United States live within one mile of a gas or oil well. Even those states with no natural resources are facing the impact of fracking, often becoming the unwilling storehouses of toxic byproducts harvested from materials such as silica sand. Other places have had freshwater removed from the hydrological cycle.
It’s the stories of those who have been affected by the oil and gas ‘goldrush’ that will shine a light on what is really going on and what needs to be done to attain a clean energy revolution.
The stories come from all over the country as evidence of contaminated water showed up soon after the drilling boom began. Workers say they were never told about the safety measures and more than a few of them had contact with dangerous chemicals that have affected their health. Others wake up to noisy drilling rigs in their back yards.
People feel disrespected, that their privacy is invaded and that they’re losing their quality of life. Watch this now.