"Stop the Madness?" What it means

  • It is madness to ignore and hide the harm that’s already being suffered by families in our region, as if what fracking has done to them does not already threaten the rest of us.
  • It is madness to stake our region’s future on mass-production of disposable plastic, when the total amount of discarded plastic in our oceans is already approaching the amount of living fish.
  • It is madness to give Shell tax concessions which may exceed its entire payroll, that is $1.6 billion for (optimistically) 600 “permanent” jobs.
  • It is madness to plan for four more “world-scale ethane crackers” in this region, when we have yet to recognize the consequences of Shell Petrochemical’s arrival in the Ohio Valley.
  • It is madness to invest $4 billion on “infrastructure” for unsustainable and destructive business processes – infrastructure which will ultimately be abandoned or demolished if the climate crisis is to be addressed.
  • It is madness to bury hundreds of miles of gas pipelines beneath our farms and communities for the private benefit of petrochemical producers.
  • It is madness to cut funding of the EPA and DEP, and to compromise the work of public health agencies, which are our most immediate line of defense against industrial accidents and mischief.
  • It is madness to risk our land, air and water to fracking by companies who have already destroyed billions of dollars in shareholder equity, and “are just getting started” with the scale-up of their planned drilling.
  • It is madness to abandon our traditional workers whose jobs, pensions and health care have been eviscerated, while seducing new workers with phony promises, short-term jobs and unsafe working conditions.
  • It is madness to allow bulldozing and manipulation of municipal bodies who are responsible for the character of their communities.
  • It is madness for public officials to welcome fracking and petrochemical plant hubs to our region, while aspiring to the mantle of leadership on climate action.
  • It is madness to surrender our communities as a “sacrifice zone” for energy export.