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July 31, 2017 – Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

Two recent studies indicate that the Earth is warming faster than previously thought—and that global temperatures will rise more than 2 degrees Celsius by 2100. But instead of acting to protect our planet and move America off fossil fuels, Congress could attempt to pass Mitch McConnell’s dirty energy bill any day now. This bill, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017, would incentivize fracking by expediting the export of liquefied natural gas and giving FERC even more authority to approve pipelines. Senate Democrats like minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and bill co-sponsor Maria Cantwell (D-WA) could very well hand Trump and the oil and gas industry a victory if this bill passes without significant pushback. Bernie Sanders has spoken out against the bill, demonstrating real progressive leadership in Congress.

Stopping this bill is just the beginning. We need true federal action to set forth a positive vision for our environment that prioritizes clean energy and that moves us decisively off fossil fuels.

Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. www.foodandwaterwatch.org