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.

20,000 signatures

Who's signing

Carmela Micheli
Judith Honican
Adina Parsley
Dorothy J. Clazie
Abigail Bates
Mandy Miller
Patricia & Peter Ladley
Lesley Patton
Heather Hall
John Bell
Karen Milliman
Tom Schwegler
Robin Kozloff
Mark Jacobs
Leslie Brown
Deborah Efron
Paul Schlichting
Dewell Javier
Janice Holz
katy ludwig
Jennifer & David Cherelin
Gitana Van Buskirk
Jean Williams
Norman West
Jared Cornelia
Andrew Gordon
Lyra Engel
Hugh McElwain
Stephanie Low

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  • Carmela Micheli
    signed 2016-07-07 20:54:34 -0700
  • Judith Honican
    signed 2016-07-07 20:54:13 -0700
  • Adina Parsley
    signed 2016-07-07 20:51:20 -0700
  • Dorothy J. Clazie
    signed 2016-07-07 20:49:15 -0700
    WE MUST be moving as a nation to sustainable energy. NO FRACKING for gas!!!
  • Abigail Bates
    signed 2016-07-07 20:46:21 -0700
    Abigail Bates
  • Mandy Miller
    signed via 2016-07-07 20:36:36 -0700
  • Patricia & Peter Ladley
    signed 2016-07-07 20:36:05 -0700
    Patricia & Peter Ladley

    As they say, this is a “no-brainer”…fossil fuels have no place as an energy source if we want to have a future that is safe and healthy for our children and beyond. The time is now for a courageous and definitive stand against fossil fuels and all the production methods that make them possible. BAN FRACKING now!
  • Lesley Patton
    signed 2016-07-07 20:31:54 -0700
  • Heather Hall
    signed 2016-07-07 20:30:32 -0700
  • John Bell
    signed 2016-07-07 20:22:47 -0700
    No more fracking! Save our lives and our planet!
  • Karen Milliman
    signed 2016-07-07 20:20:35 -0700
  • Tom Schwegler
    signed 2016-07-07 20:17:37 -0700
  • Robin Kozloff
    signed via 2016-07-07 20:16:22 -0700
  • Mark Jacobs
    signed 2016-07-07 20:12:34 -0700
    Mark S. Jacobs
  • Leslie Brown
    signed 2016-07-07 20:10:46 -0700
  • Deborah Efron
    signed 2016-07-07 20:10:10 -0700
  • Paul Schlichting
    signed 2016-07-07 20:09:06 -0700
  • Dewell Javier
    signed 2016-07-07 20:06:33 -0700
  • Janice Holz
    signed 2016-07-07 20:05:27 -0700
  • katy ludwig
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-07 20:00:04 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • katy ludwig
    signed 2016-07-07 19:59:50 -0700
    katy ludwig
  • Jennifer & David Cherelin
    signed 2016-07-07 19:59:43 -0700
  • Gitana Van Buskirk
    signed 2016-07-07 19:57:47 -0700
  • Jean Williams
    signed 2016-07-07 19:56:11 -0700
  • Norman West
    signed 2016-07-07 19:53:39 -0700
  • Jared Cornelia
    signed 2016-07-07 19:53:27 -0700
  • Andrew Gordon
    signed 2016-07-07 19:51:00 -0700
  • Lyra Engel
    signed 2016-07-07 19:50:01 -0700
    We value our environment and demand that the end of fracking is part of the Democratic Platform. We cannot support a party whose values are not in alignment with a progressive agenda that goes as far as possible to safeguard our natural resources.
  • Hugh McElwain
    signed 2016-07-07 19:44:45 -0700
  • Stephanie Low
    signed 2016-07-07 19:43:28 -0700