Dan Hanson Presides
The oil industry has known for years that by extracting oil from its reserves faster than they can be replaced, the global supply of oil is waning.
Facing the inevitable end of their business, companies like Exxon and others are diversifying their business models by purchasing and acquiring hydraulic fracturing companies and spending millions of dollars in ads and lobbying to thereby ensure that their business will continue into the future. Unfortunately, this business model is not only catastrophic for the climate, but it is also dangerous and toxic for local communities. This discussion will explore the downsides of fracking, as an extreme form of energy extraction, and look at sustainable clean energy solutions that could be implemented instead and the movement that can get us there.
David Braun works as a director and organizer for both Americans Against Fracking and New Yorkers Against Fracking. He is the President and co-founder of United for Action and helped found the National Grassroots Coalition, a precursor to Americans Against Fracking. Previously, he was a key member of the GASLAND team, and ran the grassroots campaign for both the film GASLAND and also created the outreach plan for the second installment, GASLAND Part 2. Previously, he was an organizer for MoveOn and has worked on numerous social, environmental and economic justice campaigns.
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