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 2016-07-07 21:28:25 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • signed 2016-07-07 21:27:46 -0700
  • signed 2016-07-07 21:22:21 -0700
    Fracking and toxic fracking waste chemicals are pumped into our groundwater, and causing health, safety, earthquake and property value problems. This extreme form of oil extraction is dangerous and unnecessary, and must stop.
  • signed 2016-07-07 21:21:35 -0700
    Fracking causes earthquakes as well! Not worth it! Ban it!!!
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  • signed 2016-07-07 20:59:41 -0700
    If the platform doesn’t come out against fracking AND against the TPP, I will not be voting for Hillary Clinton in the General Election.

    That’s FIRM!
  • signed 2016-07-07 20:54:34 -0700
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  • signed 2016-07-07 20:49:15 -0700
    WE MUST be moving as a nation to sustainable energy. NO FRACKING for gas!!!
  • signed 2016-07-07 20:46:21 -0700
    Abigail Bates
  • signed via 2016-07-07 20:36:36 -0700
  • 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!
  • signed 2016-07-07 20:31:54 -0700
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  • signed 2016-07-07 20:22:47 -0700
    No more fracking! Save our lives and our planet!
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    Mark S. Jacobs
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