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.

20,000 signatures

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Bernadette Zupan
Glenn Ellison
Bill Koch
Zola Packman
Osborne Lamoree
joy schultz
Ron Heller
Ian Locklear
Sandra Maher
Sandy Spears
Denise Bunge
Natasha Ecklund
Adele Kapp
Tim Hayes
Fred Morrison
Emma Alcazar
Anne Brennan
Linda Massey
Jennifer Ciarochi
Melanie Feder
Emily Lubahn
Helen Smith
Kristine Burton
Ted Fishman
Mark Trainor
Sara L
Elisabeth Pelham
Philip Cleaves Jr
Mike Van Gorder

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  • Bernadette Zupan
    signed 2016-07-07 16:09:17 -0700
  • Glenn Ellison
    signed 2016-07-07 16:08:54 -0700
    Glenn Ellison
  • Bill Koch
    signed 2016-07-07 16:08:38 -0700
  • Zola Packman
    signed 2016-07-07 16:08:26 -0700
  • Osborne Lamoree
    signed 2016-07-07 16:06:43 -0700
    Osborne Lamoree Jr Ban Fracking… with all of its secret ingredients and its waste water dumped wherever they like. These chemicals will come back to poison us in the underground water tables… as has been proven over and over again, not to mention risks of earthquakes and other phenomena that perturbs our health and very existence… all in the name of greedy BigOil and its paid off politicians.
  • Ron Heller
    @RonHellerJr tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-07 16:06:02 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • joy schultz
    signed 2016-07-07 16:05:59 -0700
  • Ron Heller
    signed 2016-07-07 16:05:39 -0700
  • Ian Locklear
    signed 2016-07-07 16:05:26 -0700
    Fracking is bad for the environment, the country, the people, and the party. Ban it now and forever
  • Sandra Maher
    signed 2016-07-07 16:04:49 -0700
    Sandra Maher
  • Sandy Spears
    signed 2016-07-07 16:04:38 -0700
  • Denise Bunge
    signed 2016-07-07 16:03:42 -0700
  • Natasha Ecklund
    signed 2016-07-07 15:59:51 -0700
  • Adele Kapp
    signed 2016-07-07 15:58:40 -0700
    To ban all fracking is plain common sense. Just think about the lives of our children and loved ones. Think about the health of this planet. It’s a “no brainer” as someone has said.
  • Tim Hayes
    signed 2016-07-07 15:57:24 -0700
    Tim Hayes
  • Fred Morrison
    signed 2016-07-07 15:57:16 -0700
  • Emma Alcazar
    signed 2016-07-07 15:57:08 -0700
  • Anne Brennan
    signed 2016-07-07 15:55:23 -0700
    Keep it all in the ground! Keep the water table safe! Fossil fuels are the past. We must move to a sustainable future NOW!
  • Linda Massey
    signed 2016-07-07 15:54:48 -0700
  • Jennifer Ciarochi
    signed 2016-07-07 15:54:21 -0700
  • Melanie Feder
    signed 2016-07-07 15:53:10 -0700
  • Emily Lubahn
    signed 2016-07-07 15:50:25 -0700
    Emily Lubahn
  • Helen Smith
    signed 2016-07-07 15:50:08 -0700
  • Kristine Burton
    signed 2016-07-07 15:49:48 -0700
    Banning has proven to be detrimental to our communities, waterways, soil, and planet. The unprecedented earthquakes in Oklahoma caused by fracking, the irresponsible industry practices… it’s time to stop putting short-term profits before our planet and our people’s health. ENOUGH!
  • Ted Fishman
    signed 2016-07-07 15:49:42 -0700
  • Mark Trainor
    signed 2016-07-07 15:49:41 -0700
  • Sara L
    signed 2016-07-07 15:49:16 -0700
    Hi! If this bill doesn’t get added to the Democratic Platform as well as other climate friendly bills I can guarantee myself and millions of others will be leaving the Democratic Party. I am optimistic in us being able to create/build up a stron three party to give the corrupt two party system a run for it’s money (That’s funny because that’s what the two parties care about! Money, money and more money.). We are fed up with all this fraud and we want CHANGE!
  • Elisabeth Pelham
    signed 2016-07-07 15:48:29 -0700
  • Philip Cleaves Jr
    signed 2016-07-07 15:48:23 -0700
  • Mike Van Gorder
    signed 2016-07-07 15:47:49 -0700