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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John Rokas
Joy cash
Devyn Powell
M Crowe
Jonathan Nash
Brandon Perras
Gail Gray
Joan Garnier
Richard Hostetter
Dan Vojcak
Elizabeth Hegeman
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Robert Carpenter
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l c
Kevin Silvey
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  • John Rokas
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:30 -0700
  • Joy cash
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:24 -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.
  • Jonathan Nash
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:11 -0700
  • 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
  • Richard Hostetter
    signed 2016-06-02 09:12:29 -0700
  • Dan Vojcak
    signed 2016-06-02 09:11:48 -0700
  • Elizabeth Hegeman
    signed 2016-06-02 09:11:03 -0700
  • Jacob Steijn
    signed 2016-06-02 09:11:02 -0700
  • Robert Carpenter
    signed 2016-06-02 09:10:59 -0700
  • Jeanne Hannigan
    signed 2016-06-02 09:10:51 -0700
    Jeanne Hannigan
  • Wendie Grader-Beck
    signed 2016-06-02 09:10:42 -0700
  • Bonnie Shapiro
    signed 2016-06-02 09:10:35 -0700
  • Steven Flanders
    signed 2016-06-02 09:10:20 -0700
  • l c
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:57 -0700
  • Kevin Silvey
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:53 -0700
  • Julia Wade
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:51 -0700
  • Susie Humphreys
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:49 -0700
  • Nieba Paige
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:46 -0700
  • Amy Harlib
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:41 -0700
  • Rebecca Connors
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:36 -0700
    Rebecca Connors
  • Tammy swoboda
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:29 -0700
    Tammy Swoboda
  • Rebekah Jones
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:21 -0700
  • John Crotty
    signed 2016-06-02 09:09:19 -0700
  • Mary Flibbert
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-02 09:08:55 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • Paul Luckman
    signed 2016-06-02 09:08:39 -0700
  • Cory Alperstein
    signed 2016-06-02 09:08:02 -0700
    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.