Energy production and use profoundly affects virtually every water body in the world. Whether it’s dirty coal, oil, or fracked gas, our dependence on fossil fuels is driving changes to the earth’s climate that are already affecting our water and our communities. The challenges to our waterways are growing. Massive coal mines bury pristine headwater streams, pollute rivers with acid drainage and displace entire populations as the mines expand. Coal ash waste contains an alphabet soup of heavy metals like arsenic, thallium and vanadium, making it one of the biggest sources of toxic water pollution in the world. Oil extraction in increasingly remote corners of the globe chokes delicate ecosystems. Transportation of highly explosive crude oil along thousands of miles of poorly-maintained and over-stressed rail lines risks human lives. The recent natural gas fracking bonanza threatens drinking water supplies.
The Clean and Safe Energy campaign focuses on protecting waterways and communities by stopping the polluting effects of fossil fuel extraction, consumption, transport, and disposal. People and waterways all over the world are threatened by newly emerging proposals to significantly increase fossil fuel development. In order to protect our planet and all living things that depend on clean water for life, 80% of known carbon reserves must stay in the ground, especially:
(2) Extreme Oil; and
(3) Natural gas, especially fracked gas and exported gas (LNG).
While Waterkeeper Alliance fights to keep coal, oil and natural gas in the ground we also support a global economic transition to a no-carbon future that utilizes clean and safe energy. Learn more about how to make your home more energy and water efficient.