24 Hours to Grill FERC Commissioners

Energy Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Commitee

The Energy subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Commitee has scheduled a hearing on June 12 to compel all four commissioners at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to testify. While neither the public nor industry officials are invited to testify, this is a great chance to Crack FERC open by asking the Commissioners about "freedom Gas," their disagreements over whether and how to evaluate the climate impacts of projects, and the massive buildout of new fracked gas pipelines, compressor stations, export terminals and more.

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To: Energy Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Commitee
From: [Your Name]

Thank you for scheduling today's hearing on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

FERC is a rubber stamp agency that has rejected only two applications out of more than 400 proposed natural gas pipelines/infrastructure projects in the last 30 years. Fracking contaminates water, poisons the air and land, leads to earthquakes and leaks methane, which accelerates dangerous climate change.

Now is the moment for Congress to act: According to new research, more than 700 new natural gas power plants, petrochemical plants & LNG export terminals have been proposed, planned or built to capitalize on skyrocketing fracked gas production.

Another recent report provides five clear reasons gas is not a bridge fuel to a safe climate:

1⃣ Gas breaks the carbon budget
2⃣ Coal-to-gas switching doesn’t cut it
3⃣ Low-cost renewables can displace coal & gas
4⃣ Gas isn’t essential for grid reliability
5⃣ New gas infrastructure locks in emissions

The Trump Administration's recent Executive Orders and EPA guidance make it clear they intend to override state objections to new fossil fuel infrastructure - making this an even more urgent situation that requires Congressional oversight.

Please ask FERC's commissioners about these new reports, their record of approving climate-wrecking gas projects, and demand accountability for the American people.