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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Ruth Valdez
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  • Ruth Valdez
    signed 2016-07-07 17:31:53 -0700
  • Hunter Rayburn
    signed 2016-07-07 17:28:54 -0700
  • Lora Tenenbaum
    signed 2016-07-07 17:28:33 -0700
    I was truly shocked to hear that banning fracking was deliberately left off our platform. Makes me rethink my ties to the Democratic Party.
  • Stacey Jenkins
    signed 2016-07-07 17:26:48 -0700
  • Sandra Della Valle
    signed 2016-07-07 17:24:14 -0700
  • Jonathan Peter
    signed 2016-07-07 17:20:36 -0700
  • Elizabeth Smith
    signed 2016-07-07 17:20:13 -0700
  • Yola Hesser
    signed 2016-07-07 17:19:03 -0700
    We must change our way of doing things and protect what is let of our planet.
  • Wendy Hansen
    signed 2016-07-07 17:18:00 -0700
  • tlaloc tokuda
    signed 2016-07-07 17:16:29 -0700
  • Laurita Whitfordd
    signed 2016-07-07 17:15:16 -0700
  • Frank McCraw
    signed 2016-07-07 17:12:48 -0700
  • Nalei Kahakalau
    signed 2016-07-07 17:11:35 -0700
    Nalei Kahakalau
  • Kate Nicoll
    signed 2016-07-07 17:11:22 -0700
  • Bruce Gruber
    signed 2016-07-07 17:06:52 -0700
    No one supports ‘fracking’ who is not collecting money from its exploitive destruction of the environment and the accumulated destruction of breathable air for humans.
  • Lidia Tomulet
    @Lidia629 tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-07 17:05:23 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • Roni Dye
    signed 2016-07-07 17:05:22 -0700
  • Lidia Tomulet
    signed 2016-07-07 17:05:12 -0700
    For my children and their children!
  • Rodney Robinson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-07 17:04:17 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • Rodney Robinson
    signed 2016-07-07 17:03:34 -0700
  • Ryan Provonsha
    signed 2016-07-07 17:00:06 -0700
  • Dorothy Larsen
    signed 2016-07-07 16:58:41 -0700
  • Bill Boosman
    signed 2016-07-07 16:56:05 -0700
  • MaryLou DEFino
    signed 2016-07-07 16:55:50 -0700
  • Gayle Cain
    signed 2016-07-07 16:55:14 -0700
    Supporting franking aligns the Democratic Party with the climate deniers. Stop acting like far right wing Republicans. Our grandchildren deserve better than what the current Democratic Party is offering.

    Gayle Cain
  • George Leddy
    signed 2016-07-07 16:54:37 -0700
    If the Democratic Party cannot confront big fossil fuel companies, we are surely going to lose the struggle to transform economic practice into something sustainable and enduring.
  • Mary Graydon-Fontana
    signed 2016-07-07 16:53:19 -0700
  • elaine fitzgerald
    signed 2016-07-07 16:52:25 -0700
    elaine fitzgerald
  • Nancy Belanger-Iott
    signed 2016-07-07 16:52:08 -0700
  • Sandi Covell
    signed 2016-07-07 16:49:22 -0700