Oscar Night: Open Letter to President Obama

27 Feb

Dear Readers:  Please  celebrate having two of The Upper Delaware River Valley’s sons nominated for  Academy awards:   Josh Fox for “Gasland” and Mark Ruffalo for  “The Kids Are All Right.”

At this auspicious time in world history, send your own letter about Hydraulic Fracturing  to President Obama.   (Many thanks to Marcia Nehemiah for sending both  this link and one for today’s NY Times report on hydraulic fracturing to  The Upper Delaware Network.)

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Dear President Obama,

While you watch the Oscars tonight, you will see clips from “Gasland.”  Please watch them carefully.  The people in the movie are my brothers and sisters.

The waters of the Delaware River Valley   meet the thirsts of 17+ million people and they  are under threat.  (Lower Valley,  Upper Valley)

I thought the Gulf, Flower Mound,  Dimock, PA and scores of others  would be sufficient to show the careless disregard with which gas extractors ply their dangerous trade.  I was wrong.

Gas extracted from my valley does not represent energy independence:  much of it will ship to BP,  Norway, and others.

“Big Coal”  lied to us years ago and its  agenda was shoved down our throats with the connivance of our leaders and representatives.  Pennsylvania and  New York are no better off  — and are probably worse —  for that sad chapter in our histories.

“Big Energy?”  “Clean Gas?”  Just more “Big Coal.”

How many more people have to sicken?   How many more fields & forest lands  have to be destroyed?   (Please support a National Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing!)

How many more neighborhoods, livelihoods, properties have to be wasted by 600+ undisclosed  “proprietary” chemicals? (Please support the Frac Act!)

There comes a point when ambition and greed are just unseemly, Mr. President.  And as we saw and voted in 2008,  ignorance of the cost of something is not an excuse for supporting it.  (The Iraq War.)

Please!  Watch the movie.  No matter what control you believe your opponents wield,  it’s nothing to the power being generated by the  flora and fauna in my valley or the risk they face.


Liz Bucar

Breathing Is Political


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8 responses to “Oscar Night: Open Letter to President Obama

  1. Kathleen Livingston

    February 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Great letter Liz. Thank you. I am not familiar with Mark’s movie. I will have to investigate.

  2. lizbucar

    February 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Of all the new young actors, Mark reminds me most of the old-timers like James Stewart & Gary Cooper. It’s amazing what he can do with a barely lifted eyebrow or a little lip quirk!

  3. Katie Bloom

    February 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    This is horrifying and it must stop at once!!!

  4. Billy Jumper

    February 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    (I guess it is past time for my own web blog too.) Mark Ruffalo is a master. He knows the story and he knows life. He has created art with his performances in his many diverse roles. Josh Fox is an inspiring citizen, and one of the most generous individuals in the country. When we speak of heroes, Josh and Mark exemplify the term. My sincere thanks and admiration to them both.

  5. Evelyn Raymond

    February 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    If this is actually a letter going out to the president, please add my name to it.

  6. lizbucar

    February 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Ev, Although it’s just my personal letter to President Obama, you can send it or one of your own to him via this link:

  7. Vera B Williams

    February 28, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Dear President Obama’
    The dangers of Horizontil Drilling (fracking) for natural gas and the cover up of those dangers can now be seen with clarity in the movie GASLAND nominated for an Oscar. Whether it wins tonight or no it is so important that you and the people in EPA see this movie and heed it. I personally contributed (it was NOT an investment) what for me was a large sum of money,to make the completion of this movie possible AND SPEEDY. Potential leaseholders and officials seeking to bring jobs to their areas were simply being wooed by money (in these hard times) and denied the truth about the serious risks of the entire gas drilling process.A potent way to bring out the truth was essential. Josh Fox was making this movie at a most important moment.
    I am in my eighties. The experiences of the many environmental disasters of the past decades are with me;
    Love Canal, the death of Lake Erie, the PCBs in the Hudson and on and on..
    Some of those were through ignorance. Some through cover ups and outright lies as we now know. We don’t have time to wait through more decades of the same. AND it will not be possible to get the carcinogens and other seriously harmful chemicals out of the depths of rock being drilled. The harm will be irremediable.
    When speaking to the nation on Global Warming
    You have included natural gas among the alternatives to
    oil and coal. With due respect for your presidential concern for the environment we must insist that scientific studies along with mounting experience, the facts that is, deny natural gas this role.

    The only course is to return the gas industry to very strict control by the clean air and clean water acts, to pass the FRAC Act and National Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing. At the same time we must induce(through incentives) companies(perhaps new companies)to invest instead in truly clean sustainable energy from which they would also make profits and the economy would gain jobs.
    The Gas and oil industry, foreign as well as domestic is heedlessly rushing ahead wherever the shale formations indicate. The extent and density of drilling should alarm us all just as a war within our very borders and move us to defend ourselves, our waterways and water table, our air and our communities against a massively destructive and counter-productive industry.

    Thank you for your attention, Sincerely, Vera B Williams

  8. lizbucar

    February 28, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Thank you, Vera for this. The work you’ve done over your lifetime is so appreciated.


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