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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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-08 08:15:37 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • signed 2016-07-08 08:10:16 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 08:03:58 -0700
    It should not be a moratorium. We should be banning the destructive act of drilling and drilling into the only planet we can live on, increasing the chances not only of poisoning our waters, our estuaries, but increasing earthquakes. The warmed temperatures in the Arctic has already caused rising ocean waters. This must stop entirely, and we can only pray at this point that it will make a difference.
  • signed 2016-07-08 08:02:17 -0700
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  • signed 2016-07-08 07:32:40 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 07:27:10 -0700
    Fracking is toxic, it must be stopped. We have cleaner options for energy.
  • signed 2016-07-08 07:21:11 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 07:14:04 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 07:13:13 -0700
    It’s way past time to get serious about climate change, Democrats. Fracking does NOT reduce emissions because of the methane released and it pollutes our water and air.
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:53:54 -0700
    Corey E. Olsen
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:32:34 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:31:50 -0700
    Glen Etzkorn
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:29:27 -0700
    Barry Oaks
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:25:56 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:22:53 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:22:40 -0700
    Fracking is bad for the underground water supply and our country. We should stop it!
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:06:46 -0700
    end fracking now!!!! Hasn’t enough of our water been contaminated yet?
  • signed 2016-07-08 06:05:06 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 05:58:20 -0700
    Stephanie Somers
  • signed 2016-07-08 05:44:53 -0700
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  • signed via 2016-07-08 05:35:34 -0700
    James VanCise I’m a dedicated Home Brewer. If you ruin my Brewing Water I’m coming after you !
  • signed 2016-07-08 05:32:05 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-08 05:27:25 -0700
    Fracking destroys our drinking water.
  • signed 2016-07-08 05:18:07 -0700