Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, has devoted his life to crusading on behalf of environmental conservation. No one could possibly accuse him of being timid in his efforts yet in recent years he has become a powerful voice for pragmatism in the sustainability debate, which often seems to be dominated by dogma and extremism rather than science, authentic data and what makes practical sense.
The latest example of Krupp’s refreshingly sensible approach to the sustainability challenges we face comes in the most recent edition of Solutions, EDF’s newsletter. Not only is there a fine article that sets out the real dangers of fracking, but Krupp’s opening leader shows us how a voice of reason coming from someone who remains a true environmentalist can help bring a sensible outcome to what has become a contest between ideologically-driven screamers.
Among other things, Krupp says:
“…The truth is hydraulic fracturing and natural gas are not going away.”
“Natural gas is helping revive American manufacturing and create jobs.”
“The real question isn’t ‘to frack or not to frack’ but rather, how do we develop this resource responsibly.”
“We (must) move beyond the current impasse in which many in industry deny the existence of serious problems and others dream of turning back the clock on shale gas.”
As usual, Krupp has committed his organization to “bring science to the table” and to broker discussions between the various stakeholders to bring about a way forward that benefits many and harms no one. How revolutionary in our desperately polarized society!!! We could use a lot more of his brand of common sense in our discussion of the world’s sustainability challenges.