Guess what I did today. Give up?
I gave a presentation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on “A Grassroots Perspective of Unconventional Oil and Gas.” Deborah Rogers was there too with a presentation on “The Economics of Shale Wells: A Critical Perspective” aka the “Drilling Treadmill.” Thank you to my friends at the Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club for making the arrangements for us to be there.
The NATO members were shocked by the information and pictures we presented. The dignitaries from Romania remarked that they couldn’t believe this is happening in America. We concurred with their dismay. They asked why Americans aren’t out protesting and talked about the 15,000 Romanians who were out in the streets protesting against fracking. I think that’s a good question. Where the hell are you?
The dignitary from France had similar remarks and recommended that the U.S. follow the precautionary principle they way France does. We completely agree with France—vive la France! Deborah read him the following Rex Tillerson quote:
Well, that is a very dangerous exchange to get into because where it leads you from a regulatory and policy standpoint is to govern by the precautionary principle. And the precautionary principle will absolutely undermine the economy.”
Tillerson continued: “If you want to live by the precautionary principle, then crawl up in a ball and live in a cave.”
It was wonderful to meet these thoughtful world leaders.
To the man from Alberta who was hostile and painted such a rosie picture of fracking in Alberta: I would like for you to meet Alberta Neighbor and Another Alberta Neighbour and you might want to read this: Contamination of North America’s Groundwater from Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing) Revealed in a New Case History Catalogue