To the Editor,
Although the article, “State of the Union is nearly hunky-dory,” touched on Obama’s pledge to the environmental community to work against global warming, it is also important to consider the ways that environmental issues affect the state of Maryland.
Among the extensive problems associated with fracking, one little-discussed issue is how it can contribute to global warming, a topic Obama brought up in the State of the Union. Fracking produces methane pollution that contributes approximately $130,000 in social costs related to global warming from a single well. In addition, each fracking well requires approximately 400 truck trips for the transport of water alone. At this rate, The International Energy Agency says that fracking puts us on a trajectory to exceed the goal of only a 2 degree Celsius rise in temperature by almost double.
As a state, we need to do our part to fight global warming. We cannot sit back and let Obama magically fight it alone. We must take the initiative to protect Maryland’s residents from the costs of global warming by supporting a bill banning fracking. This can both decrease future effects of global warming, as well as save our residents from the other negative effects of fracking like health problems and environmental damage.
Organizer, Environment Maryland
(Feature photo from Chasing Ice)