Disney, Stop Pushing Fracking in Ohio Schools!

  • by: Lynn Hamilton
  • target: Robert Iger, Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company

Gas mining in Ohio has caused earthquakes in Youngstown and contaminated the state's drinking water. So why are Ohio's school children spending class time learning about the marvels of fracking?

Many farms have been ruinously polluted by fracking, a type of gas extraction that breaks the earth's bedrock to extract fuel. And yet Radio Disney has abetted the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program in bringing pro-fracking programs into public schools--indoctrinating impressionable school children in the best interests of the gas industry. The program has children building pipelines with straws in a "fun" competition, cheered on by teachers and Disney personnel. Meanwhile, environmentalists point out, the same schools are not inviting experts who know the risks and damages caused by this type of gas mining.

Disney needs to hear how wrong you think this is. Tell Bob Iger to sever all ties with big gas and oil.

Dear Mr. Iger,

We the undersigned were surprised and saddened to learn that you have allowed your company to collaborate with big gas. Specifically, it appears that an entertainment program, masquerading as education, has been travelling from school to school in Ohio, preaching that fracking is a fun, harmless enterprise. Students are encouraged to believe that a gas pipeline is no riskier than the pipes they build with straws in a classroom.

In point of fact, fracking is an environmental disaster, possibly the worst facing the United States at this time. Fracking has been clearly implicated in the pollution of air, water, and soil. It is even responsible for the recent earthquakes in Youngstown, Ohio. You should immediately sever all ties with the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, which is nothing but a propaganda instrument for big ruthless energy companies.

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