The trend couldn’t be clearer. The White House is doing everything it can to reverse the economic, social, and environmental progress bringing the age of fossil fuels to an end. From subsidies for the dying coal industry to gutting regulations on air pollution, recent actions by the president and his cabinet show every intention of turning the dial on our energy policy back a full 30 years (Barba, 2017). Now, the fossil fuel industry is turning to a new strategy: building ethane cracker plants. These facilities turn fracked gas into plastics and – just as important – create more infrastructures for fossil fuels. All in places like the Ohio River Valley where communities are fighting hard to leave natural gas and the impacts of dirty energy behind.
The good news is that more and more communities see these plants for what they are: a wrong turn back to the dark days of dirty energy degrading community health, driving climate change and polluting the air, water, and soil we all share. With our planet’s future and the health of their families all on the line, everyday activists in communities throughout the Ohio River Basin are now banding together to fight back. You can too.
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