At a protest in Austin earlier this week, Texas Sierra Club leader Tane Ward echoed a falsehood often cited by the Environmentalist Left. Speaking at the rally, Ward falsely claimed that hydraulic fracturing caused asthma in children:
“If this is fracking, which increases the ozone levels, which cause asthma in children, we should have a say whether or not fracked wells go in.”
The alleged link between hydraulic fracturing and asthma has long been debunked, and reports uncovered that this claim had been part of the Environmentalist Left’s national strategy to distort numbers and spread misinformation to attack the energy industry. Ward’s claim linking hydraulic fracturing to ozone pollution has similarly been proven moot.
Ward is not the only Sierra Club leader following this perjurous playbook. Greg Harman, a Sierra Club colleague of Ward, echoed these same claims at a rally in San Antonio last month:
“And these rising ozone levels in our city greatly contribute to asthma attacks and other health problems in our majority Latinx/Native identified city. The number one source of ozone is fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale. The construction of the Rio Grande LNG terminal would demand more fracking in the Eagle Ford of South Texas.”