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Excerpts of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ panel discussion on climate change: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, and Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale School of Forestry's Project on Climate Change, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


The Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, along with the Sierra Club, sponsored a March 27 panel discussion on energy policy and climate change on the Yale campus. Speakers included Connecticut's U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal; Nadine Unger, assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, and Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Forestry School's Project on Climate Change Communication.

During the forum, each panelist made a short presentation, followed by questions from the audience. One important question posed to the panel dealt with the method of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking. In fracking, large amounts of water and chemicals are pumped underground to break up tight shale formations and release the oil or natural gas within. Critics opposed to fracking point to evidence of groundwater pollution resulting from the injection of a proprietary brew of toxic chemicals.

What follows is an excerpt of the panelists’ response to this question: "The natural gas boom and fracking are rapidly changing the energy picture in the U.S. Is this ultimately going to be a positive or negative development for those worried about climate change?" Sen. Blumenthal responds first, followed by Unger and Leiserowitz.

SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: Number One, I think fracking obviously has great perils; safeguards are necessary, but the potential for more natural gas, I think, is real opportunity. But what we really need in this country is an energy policy that incentivizes and drives renewables of all kinds: solar, thermal, wind, fuel cells. The state of Connecticut is the fuel cell capital of the country; we make fuel cells here in greater numbers than anywhere else. We could be the fuel cell capital of the world – again, another way environmental protection, smart energy policy can be an economic boon if we just had an energy policy that favored tax credits. You know, I spend time with the fuel cell producers of Connecticut and the U.S., and other countries are encouraging manufacturing of fuel cells. We need to look beyond fracking to those sources of energy – renewable energy, clean energy – that can not only benefit us in terms of the environment going forward, but can offer even greater opportunities than new sources of natural, as good as they may be because natural gas is cleaner, but other sources where we can lead the world, and lead by example. That's what the U.S. can do, is lead by example.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Blumenthal was followed by Nadine Unger.

NADINE UNGER: Yes, so in terms of natural gas and fracking, the latest climate science is clear that natural gas is not any better for the climate than coal; it is better for air quality, but not for global warming. A serious problem with natural gas is leakage of methane, and there is a serious lack of measurements of methane emissions and volatile organic carbon emissions from fracking sites and natural gas extraction sites in the U.S. In fact, this industry has grown so rapidly that these emissions are not even included in the U.S. EPA emissions inventory – they're not on the map. So we certainly need to have a more extensive measurement campaign before we can say anything more definitive about natural gas in the U.S.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Unger was followed by Anthony Leiserowitz.

ANTHONY LEISEROWITZ: I'll just very quickly channel my colleague, Jim Saiers – we had a whole panel on this, a fascinating panel, last year – and he was very clear that the science is still very new about the ultimate consequences of this rush into fracking and into natural gas. Yes, when you burn it in a power plant, it produces half the CO2 of coal, and that's important. However, when you do a whole lifecycle analysis from the well to the pipes through the distribution system and into that plant, it's not clear yet. We actually just don't know, and yet we're rushing into this boom without having that scientific basis of knowledge, and that's of course of concern to us in the scientific community. So we don't really know yet, and we don't know how solvable this is. Even if we do find out that the wells leak, or the pipes leak, are those fixable, or is there something fundamentally wrong?

The other is of course that this is a huge question of tradeoffs – coal is an old and dirty and polluting and terrible energy source for all kinds of reasons. And yet, natural gas does burn cleaner. It's better for health; it may be better for climate change, too, and it's a lot cheaper. I'm just saying that we don't fully know. And there are all these other tradeoffs – these communities that have to endure this fracking boom, it's an incredible transformation of the local landscape, the local soundscape, the local smellscape, and everything else.

And I think the one other concern that I think many people would point to, is that this incredible new energy source, which is American – it's not imported – however, it's so cheap that it's making harder for renewables to compete, that it's actually making it harder to have the market incentives for solar and wind and geothermal and all the other things that we know are much cleaner.

This segment was recorded and produced by Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus. For more information on the Yale School of Forestry's Project on Climate Change Communication, visit

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