Food and Water Watch helps you tell our government to ban fracking on public lands. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced H.R. 5844 last week, but the House has gone home for the year, so he'll have to reintroduce it again next year, in a Congress much less favorably disposed toward its passage. But we can change people's minds -- even people whose livelihood depends on them not changing their minds, which describes most of Congress. And you know what fracking on public lands means: not just cutting down forests, not just trucks carrying the toxic chemicals all around, but also polluting water, and once that water's polluted, it ain't coming back -- we're not going swimming in it, we're not going rafting in it, and we're certainly not drinking it. If these gas drillers could conduct hydrofracturing safely, they wouldn't have needed that exemption to the Clean Water Act they got from Tha Bush Mobb in 2005, which allowed them to keep the toxic chemicals they use in fracking a secret. Maybe one day they'll figure out how to frack safely, but that day ain't today.
Meanwhile, H.R. 4432, the so-called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, did not advance in the House last week, as we feared. H.R. 4432 would, as you know, not only pre-empt any state laws mandating genetically-modified food labeling (as in Vermont, and in several other New England states, though their laws won't take effect until enough neighboring states pass similar laws), but would encourage the creation of yet another "voluntary" food-labeling system which should work about as well in telling us which foods have genetically-modified organisms as the current four- or five-digit system does -- which is "not well at all," as evidenced by the complete absence of five-digit produce codes beginning with the number 8. Hence Friends of the Earth helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject H.R. 4432 and similar efforts to let corporations decide how much to disclose about what GMOs they're putting in the food we eat. If GMO foods were as safe as they say, then why have the big food corporations spent hundreds of millions of dollars defeating GMO-labeling initiatives at the state level?