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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  • Alexandra Blooding
    signed via 2016-06-02 09:59:24 -0700
  • Gabriel Abate
    signed 2016-06-02 09:59:14 -0700
  • Susan Barbus
    signed 2016-06-02 09:57:42 -0700
  • Amitav Dash
    signed 2016-06-02 09:56:02 -0700
    Amitav Dash
  • Alan Bromborsky
    signed via 2016-06-02 09:55:37 -0700
    Water has become more valuable that oil or gas.
  • Donna Gilmore
    signed 2016-06-02 09:55:05 -0700
  • Carroll Bever
    signed 2016-06-02 09:53:22 -0700
  • Keith D'Alessandro
    signed 2016-06-02 09:53:12 -0700
  • Samantha Feuss
    signed 2016-06-02 09:52:36 -0700
  • Karen Wilson
    signed 2016-06-02 09:52:34 -0700
  • Ben Hauck
    signed 2016-06-02 09:50:51 -0700
  • Martha Spiegel
    signed 2016-06-02 09:50:09 -0700
    Martha Spiegel
  • Dr. Jeri Rose
    signed 2016-06-02 09:49:48 -0700
    Fracking is hideous for the environment and we could be growing non GMO hemp that will produce all the biomass we need to make all the fuel we need and we can make everything that is made from oil from hemp biomass. The great advantage is that it does not harm the environment its plastics are biodegradable and burning it is carbon neutral.
  • Jillian Sang
    signed 2016-06-02 09:48:43 -0700
  • Priscilla chew
    signed 2016-06-02 09:48:07 -0700
  • Rhea Osland
    signed 2016-06-02 09:47:54 -0700
    I stand with Bernie – fracking needs to be banned!!
  • Martin MacKerel
    signed 2016-06-02 09:47:44 -0700
  • Richard Stafford
    signed 2016-06-02 09:47:42 -0700
  • Nicholas Sullivan
    signed 2016-06-02 09:47:22 -0700
  • Mary Mahoney
    signed 2016-06-02 09:46:40 -0700
    protect the people-they elected you – not CORPORATE who lines yournpockets
  • Janet Heinle
    signed 2016-06-02 09:46:36 -0700
  • Heidi Allen
    signed 2016-06-02 09:46:30 -0700
  • Carol Malott
    signed 2016-06-02 09:46:06 -0700
  • Denise Plunkett
    signed 2016-06-02 09:46:00 -0700
    We must preserve our environment for future generations. Our country shouldn’t be for sale to the highest bidder. STOP FRACKING NOW.
  • Deborah Covi
    signed 2016-06-02 09:45:49 -0700
    Deborah Covi
  • Robert Beverly
    signed 2016-06-02 09:45:25 -0700
  • William Kildall
    signed 2016-06-02 09:45:22 -0700
  • Tania Castro-Daunais
    signed 2016-06-02 09:45:07 -0700
  • Alan Papscun
    signed 2016-06-02 09:44:21 -0700
  • diane olson
    signed 2016-06-02 09:44:08 -0700
    FRACKING IS APPARENTLY MUCH MORE WIDELY SPREAD THAN PEOPLE REALIZE. IT IS PROBABLY GOING ON VERY CLOSE TO YOU. THE WATER WASTED, IN A TIME OF DROUGHT, THE TOXIC CHEMICALS USED AND THE FAILURE TO DO PROMISED CLEAN-UPS BY THE COMPANIES INVOLVED

    ALL ADD TO THE NECESSITY OF STOPPING TOXIC FRACKING.