Exclusive: Anti-Fracking Groups Are Recruiting Greenies To Get Arrested For The Movement

protestAnti-fossil fuel campaigners are ramping up their “leave it in the ground” efforts by recruiting protesters willing to get arrested for demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing, emails acquired by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal.

In an email sent April 22 to college students and other anti-fossil fuel activists in Colorado, an environmentalist group calling itself “Break Free Colorado” directed anti-fracking protesters “willing to risk arrest, nonviolent direct action” to attend seminars teaching them how to get arrested.

Instructors at the group’s April 30th and May 1st training seminars are tasked with teaching anti-fracking protesters how to engage in non-violent civil unrest tactics that lead to arrests.

“Here in Colorado, people are taking action to defend our communities from the dangers of fossil fuel extraction on our lands,” the email adds. “We are sending a strong message to our state leadership that we must break away from fracking our public lands and communities!”

The Break Free Colorado website asks those wanting to go to the events if they are interested in getting arrested the movement. “Fighting climate change requires the courage to confront polluters where they think they are most powerful,” the group’s website adds.

Break Free Colorado has a high hurdle to jump if it intends on striking fossil fuel development from Colorado, as the state is heavily reliant on oil and natural gas extraction.

Colorado’s natural gas output, for instance, jumped from 2004 to 2014 by 51 percent, according to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The state acquires nearly 60 percent of its electricity from coal, 22 percent from natural gas, and 18 percent from renewable energy.

Activists who have tried to banish oil from Colorado have failed.

Billionaire environmentalist and environmentalist Tom Steyer famously sank more than $8.5 million into unsuccessful bids to get anti-fossil fuel candidates elected to office in 2014. One of the Democratic candidates he propped up, former Sen. Mark Udall, was defeated in his reelection bid in 2014 in part for espousing an anti-fracking campaign message.

Some analysts speculate that members of Break Free Colorado are simply trying to terrify government regulators in hopes of pressuring them into prohibiting fracking on federally controlled land in Colorado.

“I honestly don’t know what getting arrested accomplishes; it doesn’t seem very productive to me,” Kathleen Sgamma, the vice president of public affairs at energy group Western Energy Alliance, told TheDCNF.

Sgamma added that she believes, broadly speaking, Break Free Colorado’s campaign is targeted at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a government agency that has increasingly taken up regulating natural gas development on federal land.

The BLM currently has several rules winding their way through Congress that will regulate methane emission from fracking before companies and states can be allowed to develop land for natural gas extraction.

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    GR82DRV

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    Just a few years ago the left was promoting the [b]energy crisis[/b] and warning us that we were running out of fossil fuels sometime next week. Over and over we were also warned that we needed [u]energy independence[/u] to avoid economic disaster and strategic vulnerability from foreign powers.

    Now, due mostly to fracking we have within our grasp [u]true energy independence[/u] including massive clean burning natural gas discoveries. And now the left tells us we must not access that energy…

    WHY?

    Because the left can really care less about the environment. Their real goal is to cripple the America’s free market economy, eliminating competition for their dismal socialist alternative.

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    Amber

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    These people could show real leadership by agreeing to use no fossil fuel based products
    and not reproducing . No airplane rises (solar panel excluded of course ) no cars ,trucks ,
    no processed or packaged foods , no … well basically anything . Cave dwelling permuted and cow dung burning for a nice polluting fuel like the people without electricity use .
    Total hypocrites as they jump into their
    Subaru’s to get to Taco bell .

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    David Lewis

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    Amber, you are right. The very people who want to keep fossil fuels in the ground are benefiting from their use.

    Another thing to consider here it the crime being committed. I’m not talking about each individual who gets arrested. I’m talking about a conspicuously to commit crimes. Aren’t there racketeering laws against that?

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    GR82DRV

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    [quote name=”David Lewis”]
    Another thing to consider here it the crime being committed. I’m not talking about each individual who gets arrested. I’m talking about a conspicuously to commit crimes. [b]Aren’t there racketeering laws against that?[/b][/quote]
    Ironic isn’t it? The same people who want to prosecute free speech as criminal racketeering are encouraging the organized commission of crime while simultaneously trying to threaten or shout down those who would disagree.

    Bizarro World lives!

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    Stevencap

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    “Hey, let’s all hop into our cars that our parents bought us and go ride over to a fracking protest. We can be really hip and cool by protesting THE MAN. Then we’ll go to Whole Foods to get some veggie burritos. We are such outlaws.”

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    Spurwing Plover

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    the hypocracy of the anti fracking movment i wonder if they ever think much past their silly movment where the common everyday products they use come from and i bet their signs their carrying have something to do with fossil fuels the facts also tha Matt Damons anti fracking movie PROMISSEDLAND which bombed big time was financed by the middle east oil tycoons

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Whats realy needed is for a realy hard winter to set in and freeze their delicate little toes off and their homes are empty of everything and no computers,no movies,no travel,stay at home twiddling their thumbs and looking out their windows at the deep deep snow everybody walking by becuase they have no cars,bikes or any way to get around Its too bad these useful idiots dont get a look at old maw nature at her rawist

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