The late Paul Harvey was famous for his “rest of the story” radio shows in which he spoke to the untold portions of on-the-record history. Today, his recorded programs are still extremely popular because in the age of soundbites cut to 140 characters in length, the theme of telling the whole story sometimes get overlooked.
For example, in a recent media interview, I spoke extensively about the positive role the NRDC Action Fund and NRDC Action Fund PAC are playing to help elect environmental champions in this year’s mid-term elections. In what lasted nearly two hours, the interview took many twists and turns, including one regarding fracking moratoriums. In the follow-up release of that interview, my answer was edited for length and didn’t include the many places where NRDC, the 501c3 sister organization of the Action Fund, is supporting fracking moratoriums. So, for clarity, as Mr. Harvey used to say, here’s “the rest of the story.”
In fact, NRDC has and does support numerous moratoria, including the existing one in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It has called for moratoria on offshore oil drilling in the Arctic, and in other highly sensitive areas off the US west and east coasts. NRDC also calls for moratoria on fracking so that the science – particularly around health impacts – can be further developed before decisions as to whether to move forward are made. Most recently, it has called for a fracking moratorium in California as well as Illinois and North Carolina. NRDC has long supported the ongoing moratorium in New York, where nearly 8 out of 10 New Yorkers support the moratorium. That includes support from different geographic, ideological and racial divides.