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Why Natural Gas is NO Cure for Climate Change

Promoted by Rosi. Listen live to Senate fracking discussion.

Update: I added a new NASA link on the science of methane:  

Here are the things I want The NJ Senate Environment Committee to think about before they are asked to vote on the fracking ban today.

NASA recently came out with a study that methane – which is released from natural gas well drilling, is 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas – than CO2 in affecting Climate Change. And yet every day I hear politicians who claim to be for solving the Climate Change problem bring up Natural Gas as a solution.  I know NASA can be very technical and difficult to understand, but our elected officials need to understand this.  ASAP.  I am tired of shouting at my TV at elected officials with the power to make very bad decisions who spout ill-informed glowing assessments of how natural gas will save us.

Levels of methane had been stable for years until 2007 – when the shale gas boom started.  Here is another article from  NASA in 2004 about methane BEFORE the huge increase that goes into a lot of detail about the science: http://www.giss.nasa.gov/resea…

Let me repeat and emphasize: Methane is not better than CO2 for Climate Change – it is worse. Natural Gas should not be part of any Climate Change solution for the simple reason that it is part of the problem.  For years the methane levels stayed the same – but since the fracking boom it has jumped suddenly.  Which may be part of the reason we are seeing  surprising climate shifts so much earlier than expected.

For years scientists were concerned about methane – mainly the vast stores of it under the frozen arctic that would be released by a warming ocean. But we need to address the component now being released by wanton gas drilling.

Ex-death row inmate tells tale of exoneration by DNA analysis in our latest Podcast

Last January, NJ lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to suspend executions while a task force studies the ethical issues and costs associated with imposing capital punishment. When then-Gov. Codey signed the measure, NJ became the second state behind Illinois to suspend executions, but the first to do so through legislation.  The moritorium is set to expire at the end of this year at which point the NJ state legislators will vote to outlaw the death penalty all together in this state. 

If ever there were a cautionary tale for outlawing the death penalty, it’s that of Kirk Bloodsworth.  Mr.  Bloodsworth is the first person sentenced to death who was exonerated through DNA evidence and he was in South Jersey addressing the Coalition for Peace and Justice meeting last night in Linwood. When I promised Mr. Bloodsworth that NJ legislators read this site, he agreed to a podcast interview.  (wink)

The death penalty is morally disgusting.  It’s also horrible public policy.  Listen to Kirk Bloodsworth’s story and you’ll know why.

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Death Penalty: Waste of taxpayer dollars

Not only is the death penalty immoral, hypocritical, arbitrary and flawed – it is also a complete waste of money. A report released today by the New Jersey Policy Perspective finds that since the death penalty was reinstated in New Jersey in 1983, at least $253 million dollars have been spent in the state on capital punishment – over $11 million per year. The kicker: there have been zero executions in New Jersey since 1983.

A survey conducted by the Bloustein Center for Survey Research in April of this year found that by a margin of 47%-34%, New Jerseyans prefer life imprisonment without parole over the death penalty as punishment for murder.

Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), who voted to reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey over 20 years ago, has co-authored a bill (S-1212) with Senators Robert Martin (R-Morris) and Nia Gill (D-Montclair) to abolish the death penalty in New Jersey and replace those sentences with life imprisonment without parole. The same bill was introduced in the Assembly by Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton) and Jerry Green (D-Middlesex).

It’s a good possibility that this bill will be heard in early December, with enough time for a vote before the end of the term in January. With a budget deficit of over $5 billion, we can’t afford to keep wasting money on a flawed policy that has put hundreds of innocent people to death. I urge all state legislators to support S-1212 and A-3569.