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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Cara2 Simonetta
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Judith Carlson
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mary sherwood
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Niara Isley
Mary Ellen Marino
Sarina Amato
Rebecca Moeller
James Giles
Linda Baumann
Jesse McMahon
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M Crowe
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  • Cara2 Simonetta
    signed 2016-06-02 09:20:26 -0700
    Start protecting our environment and stop endangering us all. It should be a constitutional right to live safely and not be afraid of having our ground water and air polluted for generations to come. Our environment shouldn’t be sold to the highest bidder. The sun is a lasting source of free energy that should be used everywhere. China is leading the world in solar technology. Germany uses solar energy for the majority of their nation’s electricity. We should have the right to healthy and safe energy in our country too. Ban fracking immediately! Make it part of your platform. Stop taking money from the fossil fuel industry. Keep it in the ground.
  • Tennessee O'Hanlon
    signed via 2016-06-02 09:20:15 -0700
  • Laura Overmann
    signed 2016-06-02 09:20:05 -0700
  • Sharon Raum
    signed 2016-06-02 09:19:30 -0700
  • William Lankford
    signed 2016-06-02 09:19:19 -0700
    We need to do this.
  • Desdra Dawning
    signed 2016-06-02 09:18:28 -0700
    The Democratic Party needs to step up its stand on a number of issues—banning fracking is just one of them. Please take Bernie’s lead and DO THE RIGHT THING!
  • Judith Carlson
    signed 2016-06-02 09:18:22 -0700
  • Charles Comstock
    signed 2016-06-02 09:17:07 -0700
  • Erdmut Lerner
    signed 2016-06-02 09:16:39 -0700
  • Ellen Fiedler
    signed 2016-06-02 09:16:23 -0700
  • Mary Ellen Marino
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-02 09:16:00 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • mary sherwood
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:59 -0700
  • Diane Nowak
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:57 -0700
  • Niara Isley
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:48 -0700
  • Mary Ellen Marino
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:46 -0700
    Bernie is the only way there will be a world as we know it for my grandchildren
  • Sarina Amato
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:29 -0700
    I will not vote for Clinton if she is not for a ban on fracking. Sarina Amato
  • Rebecca Moeller
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:19 -0700
  • James Giles
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:05 -0700
  • Linda Baumann
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:45 -0700
    Fracking prolongs our dependence on fossil fuel. Moreover, California can’t waste it’s limited water supply on the industry nor risk tainting our aquifers.
  • Jesse McMahon
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:21 -0700
  • Laura Cole
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:17 -0700
  • Beth Darlington
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:13 -0700
  • Leuise Crumble
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:04 -0700
  • Rick Russell
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:47 -0700
  • John Rokas
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:30 -0700
  • Devyn Powell
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:22 -0700
  • M Crowe
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:18 -0700
    The time is now to ban fracking, get off fossil fuels, and invest in renewables for our children’s children, for the p,abet. If the DNC cannot support such a proposal in the platform, you can be assured that I will leave this “party” the day after the convention, never to return as a democrat, and having been one for 45 years. Do the right thing, or suffer the consequences. We are looking, as are the eyes of the world.
  • Brandon Perras
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:05 -0700
  • Gail Gray
    signed 2016-06-02 09:12:56 -0700
  • Joan Garnier
    signed 2016-06-02 09:12:55 -0700