America’s Natural Gas Alliance, a brand new lobbying group, is headed for our Senate and our airways with $80 million to spend watering down the climate bill and greenwashing natural gas as an alternative fuel instead of what it really is: another dirty fossil fuel called Methane.
“We were not prepared for the pace at which the House legislation
proceeded,” says Jim Hackett, chairman and chief executive of gas producer
Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
But Mr. Hackett says the industry won’t repeat its mistake with the Senate.
He and other CEOs have formed a new lobbying group, America’s Natural Gas
Alliance, and pledged about $80 million to the effort, which will include a
national media campaign in the fall.
The alliance’s members include more than two dozen of the top natural-gas
producers in the U.S., including Chesapeake Energy Corp., XTO Energy Inc.
and Devon Energy Corp.
David Trice, who is chairman of both the Alliance and gas producer Newfield
Exploration Co., stepped down as Newfield’s CEO in May in part to focus on
the lobbying effort. He says he has met with 20 senators since the group was
formed in March.
The Wall Street Journal
Gas Industry Girds to Fight in the Senate Over Climate
August 20, 2009
By BEN CASSELMAN
The Alliance plans to offer incentives for switching everything in America over to
natural gas methane. Then natural gas methane prices are sure to go up and we’ll be stuck paying high prices for the same old dirty fossil fuel while global warming accelerates on us.
Could we at least have a little regulation?
Legislation is pending that will close the Halliburton Loophole, but we need more support for these bills. Please ask your member of Congress or Senator to co-sponsor these bills.
S. 1215 – Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2766 – Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009
To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.