Ban Fracking in the Democratic Party Platform

Update: Read the final text of the 2016 Democratic Platform. Read about how Climate Hawks Vote and allies confronted Democratic leaders at the Democratic National Convention on fracking.

Fracking is a type of drilling that injects millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids — a mixture of chemicals, water and sand — into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock underground, releasing natural gas or oil. This process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public health. 

The fugitive methane pollution from the hydrofracturing process is accelerating global warming. On a national scale, a growing body of scientific evidence is building that the climate benefits of switching from coal to natural gas were a total mirage, with the catastrophic Porter Ranch methane blowout the most visible and extreme example of a nationwide surge in methane leakage as a result of the domestic fracking boom promoted by the Bush and Obama administrations. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide on a twenty-year timespan. 

The Democratic Party needs to take a clear stand against dirty energy and for a climate-safe future - the party platform should call for an immediate moratorium on fracking everywhere.

To Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair and Delegates of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:

Make a ban on fracking for natural gas an official plank of the 2016 Democratic Party platform.

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Nick Marling
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Alex Kawa
Lynne Nittler
Matias Cabeza
John Delgado
Melissa Harvey
joanne fanucchi
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erin healy
Paula Mcclease
Catherine Bell
Ricky Lanham
Christine Martin
Stan Sheggeby
Karen Kirschling Kirschling
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David Young
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james nordlund
john Brooks
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  • Paul
    signed 2019-03-20 00:33:06 -0700
  • Nick Marling
    signed 2018-04-28 15:29:15 -0700
  • Jamie Pauline
    signed 2018-02-26 17:19:43 -0800
  • Richard E. (Dick) Shore
    signed 2018-02-26 15:11:40 -0800
  • Alex Kawa
    signed 2018-01-04 16:46:01 -0800
  • Lynne Nittler
    signed 2017-12-13 13:25:58 -0800
    We have little time to spare as the arctic melts and glaciers in the antarctic also show signs of melting far faster than expected. Fracking is bad for our health and bad for the planet. We can’t afford it. Ban fracking now and move into the era of clean energy.
  • Matias Cabeza
    signed 2017-08-07 15:10:44 -0700
  • John Delgado
    signed 2017-08-04 21:08:41 -0700
    I am an environmentalist and am concern about climate change and the continuing climate change. I am supportive of eliminating fossil fuel……with those that are currently operating with the most current pollutant control systems on the market.
  • Melissa Harvey
    signed 2017-02-24 10:46:08 -0800
  • joanne fanucchi
    signed 2017-02-13 19:28:08 -0800
  • Briana Espitalier
    signed 2017-01-18 15:15:41 -0800
  • erin healy
    signed 2016-11-14 12:55:47 -0800
  • Paula Mcclease
    signed 2016-11-09 10:24:29 -0800
  • Catherine Bell
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-15 19:39:27 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • Catherine Bell
    signed 2016-10-15 19:39:07 -0700
  • Ricky Lanham
    signed 2016-09-30 20:30:53 -0700
  • Christine Martin
    signed 2016-09-30 14:24:43 -0700
  • Stan Sheggeby
    signed 2016-09-13 12:34:47 -0700
  • Karen Kirschling Kirschling
    signed 2016-09-13 11:51:09 -0700
  • Donye Sacco
    @xtheflippers tweeted link to this page. 2016-09-13 02:13:48 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • Donye Sacco
    signed 2016-09-13 02:13:40 -0700
  • David Young
    signed via 2016-08-15 14:23:40 -0700
    Fracking was a stupid idea and the consequences can be seen already, earthquakes in the Plains states where earthquakes DON’T happen

    Major Aquifers PERMANENTLY POLLUTED, and this is just the First Results from 2 decades of allowing the stupid to pretend they can have good ideas !!!


    Sure, an idiot can get a good idea, and a Blind Pigs can get lucky and find an Acorn every once in a while, is that something your willing to bet human lives on ???
  • Susan O'Brien
    signed 2016-07-28 11:52:09 -0700
    As far as I can see the Democratic National Committee is taking no position on fracking. A pipeline has threatened to devastate our pristine area and we have not forgotten the Democratic governor who helped it along, the Dem. Senators who did nothing, the Secretary of State now running for high office who refused our pleas for help, and the President and First Lady who responded to further pleas by telling us to contact our “Congressional Delegation.” As a lifelong Democrat I am extremely put off by the party’s refusal to deal with climate change and fracking. My message to the party is this: if you want my vote, PROMISE TO STOP FRACKING. Thank you.
  • james nordlund
    signed 2016-07-25 09:55:13 -0700
    “There’s a beacon in the sky, meant to catch your eye…”, Happy Rhodes. Dispelling the scarcity based interlocking and laced global economic, fossil fuel fueled, cannibalistic systems of the corporate structure’s convolution, and thereby realizing nature’s abundance based reality of eternal, free, solar energy, through abolition of that fossil fuel dictated defacto-slavery, will realize the evolution’s definition of power as life, growth, consciousness, realizing spiritual flight’s potential, etc., and dispel the notsee definition of power as manipulation to extinction and total destruction of the earth, etc., only if we struggle with their vacuum-up model of economics, that supposedly garner ever increasing amounts of delusional profits, pleasures and powers, in ever increasingly cyclical and centralizing patterns. This is why ‘keeping it in the ground’, etc., in the direction of complete abolition of non-renewable energy use is the new real civil rights movement. An injustice to any is an injustice to all, and if it isn’t address individually, it becomes a global injustice as well. “You can’t struggle with the man’s house (mansion) using the man’s tools”, Audrey Lourdes, “be the change you wish to see in the world”, “the root of all oppression lies in (supposed) science”, Gandhi. No one must be conned by the convolution, divide and conquer only works on the divided, life is indivisible, as your potential is illimitable.   reality
  • john Brooks
    signed 2016-07-20 21:05:59 -0700
    We need to ban fracking, Keep it in the Ground and institute a carbon tax or fee and dividend now!
  • Amanda Melrood
    signed 2016-07-19 19:02:29 -0700
  • Judy Vershum
    signed 2016-07-15 14:23:31 -0700
    Fracking is domestic terrorism, and the methane emissions from the process makes it a major contributor to climate change.
  • Joanna Stiehl
    signed 2016-07-15 13:19:23 -0700
  • Katy Day
    signed 2016-07-14 18:22:24 -0700
    I will not vote for any candidate that is pro fracking or pro TPP.
  • Mary Wakulik
    signed via 2016-07-13 17:09:53 -0700