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 2016-06-02 09:59:24 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:59:14 -0700
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  • signed 2016-06-02 09:56:02 -0700
    Amitav Dash
  • signed via 2016-06-02 09:55:37 -0700
    Water has become more valuable that oil or gas.
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:55:05 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:53:43 -0700
    Fracking is a disaster created by Dick Cheney’s ruthless exploitation of short-term profits with no regulatory oversight. We can’t afford the water, waste, and pollution created. Ban it now!!!
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:53:22 -0700
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  • signed 2016-06-02 09:52:38 -0700
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  • signed 2016-06-02 09:52:34 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:51:42 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:51:30 -0700
    Leave fossil fuels in the ground. Massive wind and solar produce electricity less than half the time so they need back up most of the time. That backup has been and will be mostly from fossil fuels unless we do something different.

    The best something different we have is nuclear. So let’s keep as many of our nuclear plants on line to give us time to build the new Generation IV kind. Molten Salt Reactors can produce electricity cheaper than coal and they don’t have any of the parts in their design related to any of the nuclear accidents of the past. Also they can run on thorium and the world has about 400 times as much as that as the Uranium235 that we use now.
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:51:05 -0700
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  • signed 2016-06-02 09:50:09 -0700
    Martha Spiegel
  • 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.
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:48:43 -0700
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-02 09:47:56 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:47:54 -0700
    I stand with Bernie – fracking needs to be banned!!
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:47:44 -0700
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  • signed 2016-06-02 09:47:37 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-02 09:47:23 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:47:22 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:46:40 -0700
    protect the people-they elected you – not CORPORATE who lines yournpockets
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:46:36 -0700