In about 10 days Ohio’s anti-fracking movement will be gathering in Columbus for a big rally – Don’t Frack Ohio. Today we found out that big oil will be there to greet us.
The American Petroleum Institute, the largest oil and gas lobby in America, has an event planned on Saturday in Columbus meant to smear Josh Fox, director of the film Gasland, and Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. We now have no doubts that industry will turn out in a big way for our rally too.
This puts us in a critically important position. If the media sees a small anti-fracking rally met by a bigger pro-fracking action on the 17th… well, the impact should be obvious. Forgive the tired expression, but right now, we have to go big or go home.
Our movement is better organized to exercise people power than big oil and gas, and we need to show it on the 17th if we want to beat the frackers’ attack on Ohio. We can’t let Gov. Kasich and the oil industry’s paid representatives in government take cover behind an astroturf campaign by big oil.
Can you join the action in Columbus on June 17th? Click here to sign up: http://www.dontfrackoh.org/sign-up
Thanks to you, the gas industry knows that there is a grassroots movement rising to stop them. That’s progress, but it also means we have a lot more work to do. I’m very grateful to be a part of this growing movement – I hope to see you soon.