Late Show With David Letterman! Dave Goes Off On Fracking!


A few nights ago Kyra Sedgwick, star of TNT’s The Closer, Tweeted to Mark Ruffalo, star of Indie favorite You Can Count On Me, that while she was taping The Late Show With David Letterman, Dave “Went Off About Fracking”. This spurred a lot of questions on whether he was going off for or against the process otherwise known as Hydraulic Fracturing which you can learn more about HERE.

Of course Marianna and I stayed up late and tuned into Late Show and from just about the moment it started it was apparent that Dave was very much against Fracking. He began with a few jokes about people being able to light their tap water on fire which were of course meant in a completely facetious way. We were simply glad that fracking was being talked about on Network television by someone other than Mark Ruffalo. No offense to Ruffalo of course, but even he has said that once in a while it would be nice not to be the only person showing up in the room. So having another big celebrity voicing their opinion on the matter carries a lot of weight.

After the jocular side of fracking was over Dave sat down and got to the truth of the matter. You can see that above in the video. You can also see the interview with the beautiful Kyra Sedgwick who is also a member of Artists Against Fracking by visiting this link.

We here at BloggersInspiringChange.org would like to thank David Letterman for doing his research and using his influential voice to sound off to the people of this Country on an issue that effects so many.

President Obama Says He Supports Fracking

Late last night while I was waiting for David Letterman to start, I hopped on over to Twitter to see what was happening in the #fracking stream. I saw something that made my eyes pop and my heart sink.

 

President ObamaI immediately clicked over to read more, hoping that this was some sort of mistake. Surely the President that I voted for, the President who spoke so much about green and clean energy way back in his 2008 campaign, wouldn’t support something that is so damaging to the environment. But he does and let’s just say that right now I am feeling slightly bamboozled.

On Monday, July 16, President Obama was in Cincinnati, Ohio for a campaign event. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that when a member of the audience questioned him about fracking, The President stated that he supports natural gas drilling so long as it is done “safely and in a way that’s envi­ron­men­tally sound.”

Well that is the thing, Mr. President, pumping thousands upon thousands of gallons of water laced with hundreds of known toxic chemicals into the ground in order to literally break up the rock isn’t exactly environmentally sound. Talk about an oxymoron.

Take a look at what President Obama had to say:

“Natural gas actually burns cleaner than some other fossil fuels,” the Democratic incumbent said in reply to an audience question. “It’s an ideal energy source that we potentially could use for the next 100 years.

“So I want to encourage natural gas production. The key is to make sure that we do it safely and in a way that is environmentally sound.”

The practice popularly called “fracking,” regionally concentrated so far in eastern Ohio and neighboring Pennsylvania, involves ground injections of chemically treated fluids at high pressure to fracture shale deposits and free oil and natural gas trapped inside.

“There are a lot of folks right now who are engaging in hydraulic fracturing who are doing it safely,” Mr. Obama said. “The problem is that we haven’t established clear guidelines of how to do it safely and to inform the public, so that neighbors know what’s going on. … Look, we are going to work with industry to establish best practices. We are going to invest in the basic research and science to make sure this is done safely and in a way that protects the public health.”

What do you think about President Obama’s comments on fracking? Do  you think there is a way for fracking to be environmentally safe?

What is Fracking?

So we have been talking a lot about fracking around here and we realized that we never actually talked about what exactly fracking is! Up until a few months ago, we didn’t know much about fracking either. In fact a few of us had NEVER even heard of it before. We encourage you to read on to educate yourself and visit some of the resources listed to take action.

What is Fracking?
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a method of natural gas extraction. It involves drilling deep into shale deposits, which are between 2,000 to 10,000 feet down within the earth. Then millions of gallons of water, mixed with sand and hundreds of toxic chemicals, are blasted underground at high pressure to break apart the rock, releasing tiny pockets of methane (natural gas).

Fracking Diagram

Image Source: GaslandTheMovie.com

Why can fracking be bad?
Fracking can be dangerous to the environment and our health for a number of reasons. The largest concern may be water contamination. Fracking includes drilling down through the Aquafier, which is where our groundwater is derived. The drills could potentially leak or even explode, releasing toxic chemicals into our precious water source. More than 650 of the chemicals used for fracking are known carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. Once they are introduced to the Aquafier, most will stay there forever. The wastewater that is produced from fracking contains high levels of radiation as the shale itself is naturally radioactive. And this radioactive wastewater is often either left to evaporate or dumped into streams.

Unfortunately, the environmental ramifications of fracking do not stop there. Fracking also contributes to air pollution. Some of the pollutants released into the air during the process include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sulfur dioxide, methane gas and so on. The result is a toxic smog that in addition to providing an increased cancer risk, is also increases the risk of respiratory disease and illness, such as asthma. There are communities in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming that have ozone levels as high as Los Angeles which is believed to be the result of fracking.

Fracking in Erie, Colorado

Photo Source: ErieRising.com

Are you horrified yet, because we sure are! Fracking is currently happening in 34 states across our country and has been banned in only one – Vermont. New York is currently in a fracking battle as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo considers allowing fracking in the Southern Tier of the state. We need to tell him, and the rest of the country and world, that fracking is not OK and it needs to stop.

Get informed. Get active.

 
Resources
Artists Against Fracking
Erie Rising
Frack Action
Gasland
Water Defense

Mark Ruffalo Further Shows Us Small Things Will Turn Into Bigger Things!

mark ruffalo twitterYes, after tireless amounts of Tweeting and trying to get Mark’s attention it finally worked. On Tuesday July 17th around 8:45 A.M. Mark finally took notice of BloggersInspiringChange.org. We would like to believe he even visited the site for a moment. We would like to hope that he’ll come back and visit again in the future. We really want him to read our Q&A’s.

As we mentioned in previous posts, this site is in no way meant to impress celebrities, however Mark is special to us. He inspired Bloggers Inspiring Change, so for him to recognize we exist was a huge deal. I’ve included the screen shot, sort of like that first $1 bill you frame at your business, to remind us that the little things can and will turn into big things.

Thanks Mark for giving us the push we need to succeed!

Lee, Marianna, Kim and Alison

Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon Launched Artists Against Fracking!

Last week we told you to keep en eye on ArtistsAgainstFracking.com for an announcement on Friday the 13th. I don’t know about anyone else, but I found myself visiting the site several times that day waiting to see what was going to happen. at 9:00pm EST that night, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon launched the new site.

Artists Against Fracking

 

Roughly 120 artists and celebrities have joined forces to tell everyone that fracking is not okay.  Sean told Jimmy that this site was more like a portal to get people to visit. From there, visitors can find links to get more information about fracking and links to some of the heavily involved activists like Josh Fox, director of the movie Gasland. You can also send an email to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to tell him why he should ban fracking in New York. It is important to note that this is not just a New York issue and that fracking is occurring across the United States. It has been banned in Vermont but we need all states to follow suit!

Some of the other well known artists that are part of the Artists Against Fracking coalition are Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Merchant, Zooey Deschanel and Alec Baldwin. Since this cause is near and dear to the hearts of the bloggers here at Bloggers Inspiring Change, we of course started reaching out to some of these artists on Twitter to show our support and spread the word. A day after we started following Yoko Ono (@YokoOno) on Twitter we noticed that she followed us back. And well, that totally made our day.

We can’t wait to see what else they do with this and hope that their combined star power can really bring some awareness and support to the anti-fracking movement. Check out the video below of Sean Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono preforming “Don’t Frack My Mother” with Jimmy Fallon. Then head on over to Artists Against Fracking and get involved!

 

Q&A With BloggersInspiringChange.org Creator Lee Allport!

Lee Allport Bloggers Inspiring Change

Lee Allport

Creators of the Environmental site BloggersInspiringChange.org took turns interviewing one another about why they decided to take on such a time consuming yet heart warming project. Here is what Lee from the Nielsen Power Mom blog MySentimentExactLee.com and EntertainmentExactLee.com had to say.

Marianna: So how did BloggersInspiringChange come about?

Lee: Whoa, okay slow down. You’ve gotta go back in time for that question. It all started with the movie Avengers, because with me doesn’t everything start with Entertainment?

I’d never paid Mark Ruffalo much attention, however I saw this movie and kind of felt he made the movie work. So being the Entertainment writer I am I started studying up on him. I found out he had this huge cause, Anti Fracking. I had no idea what this was so I asked my husband. He knew exactly what it was and explained it to me. Except Tim had a bit of a different take on it than Mark.

Turns out all of our Dryden, New York property was in danger of being Fracked but our town was able to uphold a ban on it which was a huge deal. They were the first to do such a thing.

I immersed myself in research about all of this and it just made me sick. I educated myself on the pros and cons (because there are some of both unfortunately) and made the decision myself that I was definitely against Fracking.

I felt that since I have this influential voice and a vested interest in something important for once I could help. So that is what I’m trying to do.

Marianna: So then you created the site?

Lee: In theory. First I approached you. I knew I wanted a green partner and I wanted to approach Mark and his team. Then I decided I wanted some bloggers actually dealing with the issue at hand so I found Alison, Kimberly and Nichol. That’s when BloggersInspiringChange.org kind of came to light. It was a whirlwind as you know. I did approach WaterDefense but they are too busy to work with us at this time. Hopefully we can collaborate with them in the future.

Marianna: Then you decided to pull all your Hollywood connection strings and chase down Ed Begley Jr.?

Lee: Well my good friend Raphael Sbarge stars on the show Once Upon A Time. I’ve worked with him in the past on his charitable organization Green Wish. I called him up and asked if he’d like to work with me on a PSA regarding Anti-Fracking and he was on board right away. He works closely with Ed Begley Jr so I think it was a matter of a simple phone call and Ed was on board.

Marianna: But we still couldn’t pin down The Hulk? You obviously aren’t that connected Lee.

Lee: Thanks Marianna, I try. No I still couldn’t wrangle Mark. But hey, he’s a busy guy and maybe after he sees some of the awesome stuff we’re doing he’ll come on board. Besides, you’re the one who loves him so much. Technically speaking if we were doing this for Hollywood movie stars attention I’d be in Afghanistan clearing mines with Jeremy Renner. We’ve made some really great Environmental connections during this amazing journey like the moms from ErieRising.com who are participating in the PSA. These are the people who are living the affects of Fracking, these are the people who I am really interested in meeting and working with.

Marianna: Good point. Where do you see BloggersInspiringChange.org going in the future?

Lee: I’d like to see members of the group speak at conferences, peaceful rallies and such things about the way people can help make this world a better place with a lighter footprint. As moms the four of us know how everything has to start small. Whether it’s just starting to recycle or making a quick call to a local Senator/Governor about a matter affecting your community. These little things can snowball into bigger things and really make a difference. You know what Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I truly agree with that.

Marianna: So besides Fracking what are your other Environmental interests?

Lee: So many. I plan to work more on Green Wish with Raphael and Ed of course. I want to do more research into renewable energy. It seems to me we’re sitting on a lot resources that are going to waste and I’m confused by this. Mainly because I haven’t done my research. Unfortunately I don’t come from a place in my life where anyone has a strong interest in such things so it doesn’t come naturally to me. I have to really seek out this information. After I find it I have to fight to retain it and use it and practice it. I think I’m going to fight to live On Begley Street. 😉

Q&A With BloggersInspiringChange.org Creator Marianna Nichols!

Marianna Nichols Bloggers Inspiring Change

Marianna Nichols

Creators of the Environmental site BloggersInspiringChange.org took turns interviewing one another about why they decided to take on such a time consuming yet heart warming project. Here is what Marianna from the influential Green Living blog Marianna.me had to say.

Lee: What made you interested in getting involved with BloggersInspiringChange.org?

Marianna: Well, Lee, I don’t think you gave me much of a choice? Seriously though, when you contacted me about how you saw Mark Ruffalo talking about fracking and if I knew what it was, I did some research. And what I learned about fracking made me sad and quite frankly, sick. The environment is something that has always been important to me so when you came to me with this, I immediately jumped on board.

Lee: Well honestly this is true, I am a driving force when I want something. If you refuse, I’ll persuade you. What are some projects you hope to work on in the near future?

Marianna: The most important thing I think right now is educating people on the dangers of fracking. I consider myself to be pretty much aware of what is going on in the environment and yet I had no clue about this. That tells me that the majority of people do not know what fracking is and the harm it is causing our Earth and people. Outside of the anti-fracking issue I’m very passionate about alternative energy. That is important to me. It is why I love going to the Ford conferences and learning about what strides they are making with electric vehicles and other alternative fuels. (Nothing to do with Adrian Grenier being there I swear). I want to see this Country and all Countries moving away from fossil fuels and to renewable sources of energy. We need to put more time, energy and money into solar and wind power and not at the slow pace were currently moving.

Also our food. The crap that we put in our bodies is ridiculous and we wonder why cancer rates are up and obesity is getting out of control. I want everyone to pay more attention to what they are putting in their bodies and I want them to make a change.
Lee: What do you hope to gain from BloggersInspiringChange?

Marianna: I’m hoping to educate people. Educate them on not only fracking, but all the other ways we are harming our world, and what we can do to change all of that. I would like to attend some rallies in New York City. I’d prefer peaceful rallies of course, I am the mom of 4 boys so I can’t really afford to be pepper sprayed or have my legs broken. But hey, for the right cause…kidding.

Lee: Where exactly do you see BIC going in the future?

Marianna: That is an excellent question and I have absolutely no idea. I am more of a one step at time kind of girl. We’ve got a great project coming up with Ed Begley Jr and Raphael Sbarge on fracking and I am hoping things will snowball from there. Hopefully we can also educate people on alternative energies like solar and wind turbines. With the amazing group of bloggers we have put together to collaborate on this, I see us really making a difference and inspiring people everywhere to make a change.

Statement From Nationwide Regarding Fracking On Their Properties!

Statement from Nationwide
Submitted by JoeCase on July 12, 2012 – 6:26pm.

Here’s is Nationwide’s official response to this issue:

Nationwide has not changed our policies or guidelines. Fracking related losses have never been a covered loss under a personal or commercial lines policy.

Nationwide’s personal and commercial lines insurance policies were not designed to provide coverage for any fracking-related risks. However, Nationwide will investigate all claims submitted by our customers that they believe are the result of damage from fracking. Every Nationwide claim is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Insurance works when a carrier can accurately price the coverage to match the risks. When information and claims experience are not available to fully understand the scope of a given risk, carriers aren’t able to price protection that would be fair to both the customer and the company. From an underwriting standpoint, we do not have a comfort level with the unique risks associated with the fracking process to provide coverage at a reasonable price.

Insurance is a contract and it is designed to cover certain risks. Risks like flooding and mining or drilling are not part of our contracts, and the customer should seek out an insurer that handles these customized types of insurance.

-Joe Case, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

*Thanks to TheRiverReporter.com for the story

Nationwide Insurance Won’t Allow Fracking On Their Properties!

July 11, 2012 —

NATION — National Casualty (Insurance) Company, part of the Nationwide group of insurance companies, has announced that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations are prohibited in relation to properties it insures.

The company has determined that the exposures presented by hydraulic fracturing are too great to ignore. Risks involved with hydraulic fracturing are now prohibited for General Liability, Commercial Auto, Motor Truck Cargo, Auto Physical Damage and Public Auto (insurance) coverage. The company said it would not bind risks with this exposure, and any policies currently written with the exposure would be non-renewed (following state requirements).

Among the prohibited risks involved in fracking operations listed by the company are contractors involved in fracking operations, landowners whose land has been leased to lessees with fracking operations, frack sand and frack liquid haulers and site prep (dump trucks, bulldozers) or leasing of tanks.

ArtistsAgainstFracking.com

Mark Ruffalo told everyone to keep an eye on http://www.artistsagainstfracking.com July 13th so we here at Bloggers Inspiring Change are doing exactly that! Can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. I’ll be sure to check back in during the day and update this post with more once the big reveal has taken place!

Artists Against Fracking