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 2016-06-02 09:46:30 -0700
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  • 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.
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:45:49 -0700
    Deborah Covi
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  • 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.
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:43:40 -0700
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    Whatever happened to environmental impact statements? This is a disaster for environmental/ecosystem/animal habitat preservation. We need clean water!
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:43:15 -0700
    Lois Jordan
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    Susanne Groenendaal
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  • signed 2016-06-02 09:37:56 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-02 09:37:55 -0700
    Time has come on this home planet of ours to do the right thing, and only the right thing as much as humanly possible. Not matter how difficult it might seem to imagine doing everything in such a radically new way. No choice now but to find the right paths and stay on them. Daunting yes, but also could be fun and heroically exciting!
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