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 09:13:24 -0700
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    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.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-02 09:08:55 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
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    Climate change is about the life of the planet and of its inhabitants and a democratic party that does not officially lead in the battle to end dependence on fossil fuels through bans, investment in clean energy, incentive based legislating to accelerate the urgent need to change policies and outcomes, is compromising away its values and our future.
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    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!