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 via 2016-07-13 17:09:53 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-13 09:37:57 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-12 15:40:20 -0700
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  • signed 2016-07-12 00:40:15 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-11 11:46:51 -0700
    The world is literally burning up! We must ban tracking now!
  • signed 2016-07-11 06:28:36 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-10 18:57:19 -0700
    DNC, I want to trust you are about democracy.

    Are you? or are you using the cloak of democracy to promote environmentally devastating oligarchy?

    Include a FRACKING BAN in the national platform!
  • signed 2016-07-10 17:53:03 -0700
    Terry Horowit
  • signed 2016-07-10 17:24:15 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-10 16:49:18 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-10 15:45:15 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-10 15:19:34 -0700
    Pam Ramirez


    Yes. Ban fracking!
  • signed via 2016-07-10 10:11:23 -0700
    Miriam Kashia: Fracking is destroying communities, poisoning our air and water and farmland, causing earthquakes, and adding greatly to our global climate crisis. What for? For corporate profit. We have the technical means to switch to 100% renewables in a very few years. Everything is at stake!! What are we waiting for?
  • signed 2016-07-10 06:13:14 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-10 03:59:45 -0700
    Frank Morra
  • signed 2016-07-10 00:23:23 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-09 23:18:31 -0700
    Keep oil and gas in the ground.

    End corruption of our lawmakers!
  • signed 2016-07-09 20:48:16 -0700
    At what cost will the choice be limited to fossil fuels? The ground water is not exchangeable. It is folly to conclude that earthquakes are manageable. The cost to the environment to extract “Natural” gas and transport it should not be profitable. Fracking is despicable in Oklahoma, North Dakota and the Gulf of Mexico no matter how many jobs it creates and how much money it makes. The problem is not “the economy stupid”, it’s the earth!
  • signed 2016-07-09 19:44:08 -0700
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  • signed 2016-07-09 16:36:58 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-09 15:56:46 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-09 15:25:11 -0700
    Our water, soil and air are FINITE. We must protect them. NOW.
  • signed 2016-07-09 14:31:11 -0700
    I consider this one of the most crucial issues at stake. The Democratic Party will bring extreme damage to its remaining credibility by ignoring this issue. Your job is NOT to protect corporations!
  • signed 2016-07-09 14:07:19 -0700
    Victoria Jensen
  • signed 2016-07-09 13:47:54 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-09 13:34:30 -0700