Speaking Event: Frack for Shale Oil or Fight Climate Change - You Can't Do Both

When & Where
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
December 11, 2013 - 8:00pm
Rose Braz
415 436 9682


California is on the precipice of ramping up fracking for dirty, carbon intensive shale oil. At the same time, we purport to be leading the fight against climate change. Californians are rising up to say no to fracking.

Nationwide, environmentalists and social justice advocates are rising up in record numbers to stop coal. At the same time, the 21st century clean-energy revolution — embracing improved energy efficiency, solar and wind power, and electric vehicles — is gathering speed. What lies between? Can replacing coal with natural gas “bridge” the nation to clean energy? Can California frack for shale oil and fight climate change at the same time?New data says “no fracking way.”

Join renowned Dr. Anthony Ingraffea to discuss the threats posed by oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing to our water, our air, and the global climate.

Anthony Ingraffea, P.h. D., P.E., is the Dwight C. Baum Professor and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1977. He is also director of the Cornell Fracture Group and co-editor-in-chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Dr. Ingraffea performed R&D for the oil and gas industry from 1984 through 2001 and is one of the most prominent national experts on the risks to water supplies from hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas. He has been outspoken about the need for sound independent science on the impacts of oil and gas development, and for stronger protections for people and the environment. In 2011, Dr. Ingraffea, along with research partner Dr. Robert Howarth and actor Mark Ruffalo, was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of the year for his work exposing shale oil and gas impacts and shaping the debate on fracking.

This event is free

Sponsored By: Earthworks, 350.org, Californians Against Fracking, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health, Clean Water Action, David Brower Center, Friends of the Earth, Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy