NRDC’s About Face

Nat’l Environmental Group “Gushes” Over Economic, Environmental Benefits of Shale Gas, Then “Lauds” Gasland Filmmaker’s Efforts to Halt its Responsible Production Two Days Later

Top NRDC Energy Director “Convinced” Shale Gas is “Fundamentally Good News” for Economy, Environment …
… 48 Hours Later, NRDC Praises Gasland’s Josh Fox, Who Today Called For Nationwide Ban on American Shale Gas Development

Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s energy program:
From a broad perspective, [NRDC’s Ralph] Cavanagh said shale supplies offer a great opportunity for many different groups. While he wanted to avoid “boosterism” of burning more gas, he gushed over the prospects for the resource.”I personally, and this is perhaps significant from the constituent that I represent, am both convinced by the case for more abundant domestic supply than previously thought … and I am convinced that this, fundamentally from both economic and environmental perspectives, is good news,” he said.”By any reasonable measure, the availability of more domestic natural gas supply at, from a long-term perspective, lower costs than accustomed to recently is something that environmental advocates, state utility regulators and a whole host of other constituencies can rejoice in.””I think this is a good news story, and I am not afraid of it.” (SNL Energy, 2/15/11)

“Advocates Laud Oscar Nominees, Members of Congress for Speaking Out On Dangerous Gas Drilling”
“With his Oscar-nominated documentary GASLAND, director Josh Fox and his fellow nominee Mark Ruffalo have catapulted the controversial gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing into the controversial conversation. (NRDC, Earthjustice, EWG, et al., Release, 2/17/11)“Josh Fox Calls on President Obama and the US Congress for an Immediate Nationwide Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing” (Health Journalist Blog, 2/17/11)
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