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Green Visions: countering the myth of "natural" gas: "There's no time to pause and ponder this"

If you mention "natural gas" to Melissa Partin, she's likely as not to correct you.

"Natural gas is only natural when it stays in the ground," says Partin, who wrote a report called  The Health, Safety, Climate, and Economic Risks of Fossil Gas Extraction and Use.  The report outlines the dangers of fossil gas (her preferred term) that run counter to the myth that it's clean and safe.  It takes issue with the idea that we need it to transfer to renewables, and points out that Black and Indigenous people are most likely to be harmed by its use.

More information about the Energy We Can't Afford campaign is here.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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