Activists rail against U.S. bill promoting fossil fuel

May 13, 2019, 7:40 AM EDT
(Source: Takver/flickr)
(Source: Takver/flickr)

A coalition of 200 national climate action groups wrote an open letter to the U.S. Senate last week, urging the lawmakers to scrap the European Energy Security and Diversification Act of 2019 (S. 704), which would pump billions of dollars in natural gas and fossil fuel industries in the U.S. in coming decades.

The proponents of the bill dub it as a strategic tool to counter Russia’s penetration in the energy markets in Eastern Europe, thus bolstering America’s national security, a claim dismissed by climate campaigners, writes Eco Watch.

Climate action groups contend that the legislation would end up delivering just the opposite of what it intends to. In the short term, the bill may restrict Russia’s influence in the region, but the expansion of fossil fuel projects in Europe would give rise to “geopolitical threats” by exacerbating water scarcity, food shortages, and rising sea levels, reports Nation Of Change.