Trump Makes One More Desperate Bid to Frack the Election

October 28, 2020

For Immediate Release

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Donald Trump is considering an executive order that would seek to make the case for expanding fossil fuel drilling. The order would include an analysis of fracking’s economic impacts and the possible consequences of a ban.

The news came on the same day that Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, while touring a fracking well in Pennsylvania, made the astonishingly false claim that “there are no credible studies that show fracking harms the environment in a significant way.”

In response, Food & Water Action Policy Director Mitch Jones released the following statement:

“This order is just one more desperate attempt by this White House to make fracking into a winning campaign issue. There is no doubt that fracking poisons our air and water, and that drilling is driving us towards climate crisis. There is something grotesquely fitting that an administration that has sacrificed climate action for the sake of the fossil fuel industry thinks fracking is a winner.

“The truth is that the fracking industry is in collapse. Fracking has never been the economic engine that its backers have claimed it to be, and any attempts to resuscitate it are only delaying the inevitable. Debt-ridden drilling companies have laid off thousands of workers while CEOs make off with millions in profits. Instead of looking for novel ways to bail out the frackers, political leaders who profess to have even the slightest concern for passing on a livable world to our children must work to wind down fossil fuels, and create a just transition for workers who can build the clean energy economy of the future.”


New Fracking Poll Highlights Weakness of Conventional Wisdom

October 20, 2020

More evidence that Pennsylvania voters are not supportive of fossil fuel drilling

For Immediate Release

A new national YouGov survey shows more Americans oppose fracking than support it (44 percent to 35 percent), and that fracking is not popular in key swing states Pennsylvania and Ohio.

In Pennsylvania, voters are evenly split (41/41), but the partisan divide is especially wide: Democrats overwhelmingly oppose fracking (66 percent), Republicans strongly support it, and independents are more likely to oppose fracking (43 percent to 35 percent).

While the conventional wisdom has long held that Democrats risk alienating voters with a strong anti-fracking message, this survey is one more sign that the real world politics of fracking tell a very different story.

Food & Water Action Policy Director Mitch Jones released the following statement:

“Banning fracking should be an essential part of a bold national climate plan. If we are serious about substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it’s plainly clear that we cannot continue drilling for oil and gas. This new survey adds to what we already know about public opinion in Pennsylvania: Contrary to what the pundits and Donald Trump would have you believe, fracking is not popular with voters. While the Trump campaign routinely makes patently false claims in a desperate attempt to use fracking as a wedge issue, Pennsylvanians are sending the message that they are opposed to rescuing the failing fracking industry.”


Lauren Larkin and Russell Castelli Endorsed for Ridgefield Council

October 20, 2020

The national advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Lauren Larkin and Russell Castelli for Ridgefield Borough Council.

As members of the Borough Council in 2019, Larkin and Castelli were at the forefront of the successful fight to stop the Meadowlands power plant. If approved, it would have been the largest climate polluter in New Jersey; pollution from that plant would have degraded local air quality at a time when healthy lungs have never been more important.

Larkin and Castelli championed a resolution through Ridgefield Council, making the borough the first municipality to publicly oppose the fracked gas power plant. And they didn’t stop there. Over the next 15 months, they organized the community for positive change, holding town hall events, speaking out at public demonstrations, and engaging their colleagues in other towns.

Their efforts were instrumental to forming a powerful coalition of 52 municipal governments throughout Bergen County who joined Food & Water Action and other groups in successfully pressuring Governor Murphy to stop the power plant.

Throughout the pandemic, Lauren and Russell have continued working hard to assist their neighbors in need. And they continue to demonstrate incredible leadership in the fight for clean air in North Jersey, most recently by passing a strong resolution against the next major pollution threat in the region: the NJ TRANSIT power plant proposal.

“Now, more than ever, we need real leaders in every level of government to fight for us and ensure we have clean air, safe water, and a healthy environment,” said Food & Water Action New Jersey State Director Matt Smith. “Lauren and Russell embody the bold leadership we need to stop dangerous fossil fuel expansion projects and transition our communities onto 100% clean energy sources.”

National Environmental Group Endorses Cathy Kunkel for Congress

September 22, 2020

Kunkel will fight for access to clean water for all West Virginians

For Immediate Release

The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Cathy Kunkel to represent West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

Kunkel has been fighting for her community for years. As a founder of the statewide grassroots group Rise Up WV, she created a platform for West Virginians’ voices to be heard over those of corporations. Kunkel also led the movement to ensure safe drinking water for Charleston residents following the 2014 Elk River chemical spill. While she was out organizing, Kunkel has also been a leading researcher in the economics and finances of the fossil fuel industry, authoring reports that have exposed serious flaws in the myth that a privately-owned, fossil fuel-based economy serves Americans.

Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt issued the following statement:

“Cathy Kunkel has everything a member of Congress needs. As a community organizer, Cathy has spent years listening to and empowering her community. As a leader in researching the fossil fuel industry, she has a deep understanding of what’s wrong with the nation’s energy system and how to fix it.”

In races across the country, Food & Water Action is backing bold leaders committed to taking on the most pressing public health, environmental and climate challenges of our time. In June, the group helped climate champions Mondaire Jones and Jamaal Bowman cruise to victory in their New York congressional races.


Food & Water Action Endorses Jen Metzger for NY State Senate

September 16, 2020


For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Jen Metzger for Senate in the 42nd District.

Metzger won the endorsement based on her firm commitment to moving New York to 100% renewable energy, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover.

“Jen Metzger is a proven climate leader with a track record of real accomplishments in the fight to move off fossil fuels to renewable energy,” said Food & Water Action organizer Emily Skydel. “Metzger helped win New York’s ban on fracking in 2014, and as a newly elected state senator she was the leader this year in making that ban the law.  Metzger has been a true champion in the fight against dirty fossil fuel infrastructure, helping stop the Pilgrim Pipelines and opposing the Danskammer power plant. Food & Water Action enthusiastically endorses Metzger’s re-election campaign.”


Food & Water Action Endorses Pete Harckham for Senate

September 9, 2020


Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Pete Harckham for re-election to the Senate in the 40th District of New York.

Harckham earned the endorsement based on his continued commitment to halting all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including the proposed Danskammer fracked gas expansion, as well as supporting the statewide shift to public ownership of our utilities and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover.

“Pete is exactly the leader the Lower Hudson Valley needs right now to tackle the climate crisis and ensure private polluters don’t control our energy policy,” said Food & Water Action organizer Santosh Nandabalan. “At a time when Westchester County has faced Con Edison’s gas moratorium, and we’ve seen the damage from tropical storms and hurricanes, we need a senator in the 40th District who will take the fossil fuel industry head on, fight for public power and win a Green New Deal for New York. We’re proud to stand by Pete in his run for re-election.”