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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Steve Hudecek
John Kraemer
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r johnson
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Beverly Bryant
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Terry Horowit
Floyd Nudi
Sarah Kennedy
John Cirilli
Pam Ramirez
Miriam Kashia
Frank Morra
Greg Schwartz
Robert Raven
Judith Jordet
Roger Crazy Wolf
Susan Nierenberg
John AND Jean Fleming
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  • Steve Hudecek
    signed 2016-07-13 09:37:57 -0700
  • John Kraemer
    signed 2016-07-12 15:40:20 -0700
  • Theresa Markila
    signed 2016-07-12 06:25:39 -0700
  • r johnson
    signed 2016-07-12 01:41:16 -0700
  • Ian Fowler
    signed 2016-07-12 00:40:15 -0700
  • Beverly Bryant
    signed 2016-07-11 06:28:36 -0700
  • Suzanne DeBenedittis
    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!
  • Terry Horowit
    signed 2016-07-10 17:53:03 -0700
    Terry Horowit
  • Floyd Nudi
    signed 2016-07-10 17:24:15 -0700
  • Sarah Kennedy
    signed 2016-07-10 16:49:18 -0700
  • John Cirilli
    signed 2016-07-10 15:45:15 -0700
  • Pam Ramirez
    signed 2016-07-10 15:19:34 -0700
    Pam Ramirez

    Yes. Ban fracking!
  • Miriam Kashia
    signed 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?
  • Frank Morra
    signed 2016-07-10 03:59:45 -0700
    Frank Morra
  • Greg Schwartz
    signed 2016-07-10 00:23:23 -0700
  • Robert Raven
    signed 2016-07-09 23:18:31 -0700
    Keep oil and gas in the ground.

    End corruption of our lawmakers!
  • Judith Jordet
    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!
  • Roger Crazy Wolf
    signed 2016-07-09 19:44:08 -0700
  • Susan Nierenberg
    signed 2016-07-09 18:31:31 -0700
  • John AND Jean Fleming
    signed 2016-07-09 17:15:01 -0700
  • Stuart Ours
    signed 2016-07-09 15:56:46 -0700
  • Susan Petra
    signed 2016-07-09 15:25:11 -0700
    Our water, soil and air are FINITE. We must protect them. NOW.
  • lu Collins
    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!
  • Victoria Jensen
    signed 2016-07-09 14:07:19 -0700
    Victoria Jensen
  • Marni Nacheff
    signed 2016-07-09 13:47:54 -0700
  • Barbara Miller
    signed 2016-07-09 13:34:30 -0700
  • Ronald Jost
    signed 2016-07-09 12:21:31 -0700
    Ronald Jost
  • Hal Quantz
    signed 2016-07-09 11:09:38 -0700
  • M. Lara Hoke
    signed 2016-07-09 10:10:04 -0700
  • Elsa Bruton
    signed 2016-07-09 09:53:18 -0700
    No more fracking!