Corruption, Environmental, Health, Issues, Nature

The Dirtiest Energy you’ve never heard of

Ever heard of fracking?
If not, you are not alone. However, be warned: once you learn about this dirty energy you’ll become angry, you might become a little frightened, but most of all we hope you’ll become involved, because communities across the country are counting on us.

So what is fracking, and who is getting fracked?
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. First, deep wells are drilled straight down through the aquifer. Next, millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals are pumped down, breaking apart the rock and freeing trapped natural gas along with other dangerous materials.

There are more than 27,000 wells in the US and each well uses 1-8 million gallons of water and 80-300 tons of chemicals each time it’s fracked. However, only 4 states have robust drilling rules in place. Can you believe that the fracking industry remains exempt from Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air Acts, hazardous waste disposal, and other federal regulations?

Not only are companies dodging regulation and pumping a toxic cocktail of chemicals into the earth, but fracking operations are contaminating major water sources, speeding up climate change, and polluting our air. Communities across the country are living with these devastating impacts of fracking; that’s why communities in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and other states are demanding that fracking be banned. In fact, Vermont has already banned fracking in the state.

Something has got to change.
Believing that this way of extracting natural gas is one of the dirtiest ways to produce energy, Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon started the Artists Against Fracking campaign. The effort is bringing together a group of nearly 200 artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are raising awareness of this dirty energy and rallying public support for clean alternatives. Their fight is starting first with a nationwide push to pressure New York Governor Cuomo to permanently ban fracking in the state. Join the movement by sharing this video with your friends.


About Artists Against Fracking

Started by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Artists Against Fracking is a group of artists, musicians, and filmmakers dedicated to bringing attention to the damages and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing.

“Right now, some people are trying to make easy money, and meanwhile ruin this country’s future, by a thing called ‘fracking.” – Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon were compelled into action by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that fracking might soon begin in New York – directly impacting their home in upstate New York. In less than 10 days, they gathered nearly 150 fellow artists to join them in the founding of Artists Against Fracking in August 2012.

Today, at nearly 200 members Artists Against Fracking works to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. At its core, we believe that fracking for shale gas is a danger to New Yorkers. Inevitably, the process leads to the release of toxic chemicals — many of which are unknown and unreported — into our air and water.

“Though my father died when I was 5, I have always felt lucky to live on land he loved dearly; land in an area that is now on the verge of being destroyed.”

Members of Artists Against Fracking include:

  • Abena Koomson
  • Adam Greene
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Amanda Palmer
  • Amy Ryan
  • Amy Sohn
  • Animal Liberation Orchestra
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Beast Patrol
  • Beastie Boys
  • Beck
  • Ben Perowsky
  • Ben Tyree
  • Bethany Yarrow
  • Bill Frisell
  • Bill Migliore
  • Black Keys
  • Bon Iver
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Brad Mehldau
  • Brazilian Girls
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Charlotte Kemp Muhl
  • Chris Maxwell
  • Cibo Matto
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Conor Oburst
  • Corn Mo
  • Dan Fogler
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Daryl Hanna
  • David Byrne
  • David Crosby
  • David Fiuczynski
  • David Geffen
  • David Lang
  • David Sitek
  • Deborah Eisenberg
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Deerhoof
  • Devendra Banhart
  • Donald Fagen
  • Dub Trio
  • Dustin Yellin
  • Elephant Revival
  • Eric “Roscoe” Ambel
  • Flea
  • Flobots
  • FonLin Nyeu
  • Fred Armisen
  • G Tom Mac
  • Gene Ween
  • George Saunders
  • Glen Hansard
  • Gotham Chopra
  • Graham Nash
  • Greg Bissonette
  • Greg Rolie
  • Greta Seacat
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Harper Simon
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Indigo Girls
  • Ingrid Sischy
  • Irina Lazareanu
  • Jackson Browne
  • Jake Hoffman
  • Jamie Saft
  • Janet Feder
  • Jeff Koons
  • Jenny Scheinman
  • Jesse Harris
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Joe Walsh
  • Joel Hamilton
  • Joel Rafael
  • John Cameron
  • Mitchell
  • John Zorn
  • Johnny Irion
  • Jonathan Marc Sherman
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Josh Fox
  • Judy Kuhn
  • Julian Lage
  • Julian Lennon
  • Julianne Moore
  • Justin Bond
  • Karen Elson
  • Katelan Foisy
  • Kathleen Hanna
  • Keith Secola
  • Kim Gordon Kronos Quartet
  • Kyoko Ono Cox
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lee Ranaldo
  • Lenny Kaye
  • Liv Tyler
  • Lowell Boyers
  • Malcolm Ford
  • Marina Abramovic
  • Mario Batali
  • Mark Rivera
  • Mark Ronson
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Martha Colburn
  • Martha Stewart
  • Martha Wainwright
  • Medeski, Martin and Wood
  • Meredith Monk
  • MGMT
  • Michael Pollan
  • Mike Watt
  • Monica Heidimann
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Nadia Dajani
  • Nancy Shevell + Paul
  • McCartney
  • Natalie Merchant
  • Nels Cline
  • Nico Muhly
  • Nicole Bonelli
  • Noah Emmerich
  • Patti Smith Group
  • Peter Coyote
  • Polyphonic Spree
  • Questlove
  • Ralph Gibson
  • Richard Gere
  • Richard Page
  • Ringo Starr
  • Roberta Flack
  • Roberto De Niro
  • Ron Delsner
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Rubblebucket
  • Rufus Cappadocia
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Ryan Sawyer Salman Rushdie
  • Sandra Brant
  • Sara Lee Guthrie
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Scott Amendola
  • Scott Harding
  • Sea Wolf
  • Sean Ono Lennon
  • Sim Redmond Band
  • St. Vincent
  • Stephanie & Warren Haynes
  • Steve Cardenas
  • Steve Lukather
  • Steve Shelley
  • Stuwart Hurwood
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Sxip Shirey
  • Talia Lugacy
  • The B-52′s
  • The Flaming Lips
  • The Present
  • The Strokes
  • Thomas Bartlett
  • Three As Four
  • Thurston Moore
  • Tim Robbins
  • Todd Reynolds
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Tom Noonan
  • Tommy Hawk Wilson III
  • Tony Shanahan
  • Trevor Wilson
  • Tune-Yards
  • Uma Thurman
  • Vernon Reid
  • Vincent Gallo
  • Wallace Shawn
  • White Out
  • Wilco
  • Will Bernard
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Yoko Ono
  • Zooey Deschanel


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