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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  • signed 2016-07-07 19:00:19 -0700
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  • signed 2016-07-07 18:50:29 -0700
    Ban all fracking, transport and export terminals of fracked LNG and oil, along with dilbit surface and sub-surface exploitation and transportation. The sooner we leave them safely in the ground and switch to healthy planet sustaining power generation the better! Goes for nuclear fuel too.
  • signed 2016-07-07 18:50:06 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-07 18:48:51 -0700
    Fracking is ruining our environment. We need to use solar, wind, etc. for our energy uses.
  • signed 2016-07-07 18:47:53 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-07 18:44:57 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • @madgicalcats tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-07 18:44:54 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform! http://www.climatehawksvote.com/ban_fracking_in_the_democratic_party_platform?recruiter_id=1881065
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    Arturo Torres
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    Jonathan D O’Hara
  • signed 2016-07-07 18:26:34 -0700
    SHAME ON TRAITOR CAROL BROWNER FOR HER ILLOGICAL POSITION!!!!!!!!! Fracking is ruining the planet, and is TOTALLY INDEFENSIBLE!!!!!!!!!
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    Gary Stoller
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    Loie Hayes