I am one of the many, many people who worked countless, unpaid hours for a fracking ban in Secretary Clinton’s own state of New York and who are continuing to work to make the switch to sustainable energy sources. I am personally offended by the remarks quoted in the above article, and I am offended also on behalf of all of my fellow activists who gave so much of themselves to the fight to ban fracking–a goal that we were told was “impossible.”
Clinton’s alleged remarks were made in September, 2015. Yet in December, 2014 Gov. Cuomo banned fracking in New York. Gov. Cuomo reached this decision after Acting New York State Dept. of Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, concluded that he would not want his own family to live in a shale fracking region. Even prior to the December, 2014 decision to ban fracking statewide, numerous towns within NY had used zoning laws to ban fracking within their borders–an approach whose legality was affirmed in June, 2014 by the highest court in the state.
So by the time that Clinton’s alleged remarks were made, opposition to fracking had gone mainstream in her own state (as well as other regions), and a scientific consensus had certainly been reached that business as usual was not going to protect us from the very dire effects of global climate change.
Many, many people worldwide were and are working to protect their homes, families, and indeed, the entire planet from the continuing harm caused by dependence on fossil fuels. This gargantuan task should not be made even more difficult by remarks such as those quoted above; in recent days these remarks have been cited over and over again in conservative media in an attempt to marginalize environmentalists and validate pro-frackers and climate-change deniers.
If Clinton did not make these remarks, she should publicly disavow them; if she did make them, she should apologize to everyone who is working in good faith to save our one and only planet. Instead of criticizing us, she should be enlisting our aid: if/when she wins this election, she’s going to need all the help she can get to tackle the deadly serious issue of climate change. This fight will not be won within the confines of Washington, D.C. It will be won only if the majority of us work together; marginalizing each other is going to lead to catastrophe for all.