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 Dr. Anthony Ingraffea on The Center for Sustainable Shale Development

    Please forward widely and help make this the urgent issue it is.
     
    Dr. Anthony Ingraffea confirms that the new "Center for Sustainable 
    Shale Development/CSSD" is a masterful pr move on the part of EDF, 
    Fred Krupp. We should merely ignore it, that the so-called 15 
    standards amount to a hill of beans. Fortunately, Sierra came right 
    out with a criticism of it nationally. Unfortunately, now that 
    Teresa Heinz Kerry's husband is Secretary of State (poised for 
    possible approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline), her former position 
    against fracking might have changed and Heinz Endowments is one of 
    the environmental funders of CSSD.
     
    But worse, EDF has been positioning itself since April 2011 to 
    undermine the science of Cornell University's Robert Howarth, Renee 
    Santoro, and Anthony Ingraffea peer-reviewed study that predicts that 
    methane is the dirtiest fossil fuel, worse than coal. Ingraffea met 
    with Fred Krupp and Mark Brownstein a year ago but Krupp and EDF are 
    on a mission to completely discredit their findings and a full blown 
    national campaign to do so will launch on April 26. We need to be 
    ready to counter their campaign with a national one of our own.
     
    EDF has been trying to kill coal, good, and elevate methane to a 
    national hero level as a bridge fuel, bad. You've perhaps been 
    seeing the national press report EDF's repeated references to their 
    3.2% figure of intentional and fugitive methane emissions on the 
    atmosphere, that anything less than that is acceptable and the 
    industry's aim of reducing it soon to 1%. An exact figure is never 
    possible, only a range is scientifically appropriate, and the present 
    range of actual measured methane releases to the atmosphere are 
    starting to indicate that the entire life-cycle rate to be higher 
    than 3.2%, e.g. the peer-reviewed work of NOAA/U of 
    Colorado. Reducing any emission rate would require enormous capital 
    investment to repair leak sources, and require years to complete, for 
    a methane supply of only a few decades at most, when we are running 
    short on years to avert even more serious climate change impacts.
     
    EDF stated a year ago that Howarth, Santoro, Ingraffea predictions 
    are wrong and is conducting their own life cycle study of all methane 
    emissions. However, a one year study is not a long-term, 
    comprehensive study as it claims to be. Ingraffea asked for Cornell 
    to be on the team but was refused. Another EDF ploy is to co-opt the 
    funding sources of some of the shale gas opposition 
    groups. University of Texas, Duke, Boston U are participating on 
    the EDF study with Bloomberg funding it with $6 million...as EDF does 
    not accept money from industry. David Allen, University of Texas, is 
    heading the study which includes 9 major industry 
    players http://www.edf.org/methaneleakage David Allen is scheduled 
    to present the EDF study's finding at none other than Cornell 
    University on April 26: how's that for "in your face?"
     
    EDF had counted on the support of NRDC and Sierra but the 
    Chesapeake/Sierra scandal dissuaded Sierra's support and NRDC 
    unconscionably remains on the fence. We need NRDC to be castigating 
    EDF and Heinz, vociferously. Everything needs to be done to persuade 
    Frances Beinecke to protect our interests and the environment. Their 
    refusal to do so cannot continue.
     
    You've noticed that The New York Times has silenced Ian Urbina on his 
    Drilling Down series about methane. And its environmental editor 
    with whom Ingraffea met to challenge that NYT is not "down the 
    middle" stated his prime source of information on the issue is Fred Krupp.
     
    The CSI/Environmental Working Group American Clean Energy Agenda 
    Boston meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday on natural gas exports and 
    water will hopefully also address the key issue of countering the 
    soon to be released EDF emissions study. 100 grassroots groups are 
    already signed up to attend and we need to press the sponsors to 
    include in their agenda this other critical issue.
     
    Suzannah Glidden
    Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter gas drilling task force