When I was a kid, the energy industry propaganda machine spouted out the so-called benefits of nuclear power. People were talking about energy being so cheap that its usage would not have to be metered. We all know now that that was a big lie. We’re saddled with the expense of nuclear waste storage and environmental remediation. Soon, as half-century old plants are decommissioned, we’ll be paying for those huge expenses, also. Not only is nuclear energy not cheap, but it’s not economical.
Now, the energy industry has a new promise of cheap energy – hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking.” Energy companies pump millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals into the ground to force oil up to be collected. Incredibly, these energy companies are not required to disclose the toxic mix that eventually ends up in our rivers and water supply.
While there is no fracking in New Jersey (yet), there’s quite a bit of it going on in neighboring states like Pennsylvania and New York. And all that toxic waste water needs to be stored and treated somewhere.
After the State Legislature passed a bill prohibiting the transport and storage of these toxic mixes in New Jersey, Governor Christie succumbed to his dirty fuel benefactors and vetoed the bill. Today, a coalition of environmental action groups announced their intent to urge the legislature to override the governor’s veto.
Spearheading the effort is the vice chair of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, Senator Linda Greenstein. I spoke with her today in Trenton on the issue of fracking in New Jersey. We talked about the veto override, the possibility of banning fracking in New Jersey, and alternatives to dirty energy.
You can view the entire press conference here