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    A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in four Northeastern states voted Thursday to permanently ban natural gas drilling and fracking near a crucial waterway, asserting that gas development poses an unacceptable threat. The Delaware River Basin Commission cited “significant immediate and long-term risks” from gas extraction, asserting that drillers have “adversely impacted surface-water and groundwater resources, including sources of drinking water, and have harmed aquatic life in some regions.” The ban applies to two counties in Pennsylvania’s northeastern tip that are part of the nation’s largest gas field, the Marcellus Shale. Nearly 13,000 wells have been drilled elsewhere in the vast Marcellus formation, turning Pennsylvania into the nation’s No. 2 gas-producing state. Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania as well as a landowners group have filed lawsuits challenging the commission’s right to regulate gas development in the watershed. The commission has representatives...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in four states voted Thursday to permanently ban natural gas drilling and fracking in the watershed. The Delaware River Basin Commission imposed what it said was a temporary moratorium on gas development more than a decade ago, citing the need to develop environmental regulations for the industry, before reversing course in 2017 and signaling it would enact a permanent ban. The ban applies to two counties in Pennsylvania’s northeastern tip that are part of the nation’s largest gas field, the Marcellus Shale. Nearly 13,000 wells have been drilled elsewhere in the vast Marcellus formation, turning Pennsylvania into the nation’s No. 2 gas-producing state. READ MORE: Preliminary Hearing Postponed For Philadelphia Police Officer Gregory Campbell Accused Of Crashing Car Into Home While Under The Influence Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania as well as...
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    A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in four states is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal to ban natural gas drilling and fracking in the watershed. The Delaware River Basin Commission imposed what it said was a temporary moratorium on gas development more than a decade ago, citing the need to develop environmental regulations for the industry, before reversing course in 2017 and signaling it would enact a permanent ban. The ban would apply to two counties in Pennsylvania’s northeastern tip that are part of the nation’s largest gas field, the Marcellus Shale. Nearly 13,000 wells have been drilled elsewhere in the vast Marcellus formation, turning Pennsylvania into the nation’s No. 2 gas-producing state. Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania as well as a landowners group have filed lawsuits challenging the commission’s right to regulate gas development in the watershed. Farmers...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Legislature should pass fracking ban There is new legislation that would ban fracking in California by 2027, Senate Bill 467. I hope that it will become law because fracking pollutes both the air and water. It has caused health problems in American Indians, African-Americans and Latinos because they live near the wells where fracking occurs. This is environmental racism at its worst. I urge the state legislators to pass this bill so fracking will be no more. Billy Trice Oakland Consider teachers’ needs for safe schools reopening As a teacher, it’s frustrating to keep reading editorials insisting that schools can reopen safely and blaming the delay in reopening on teachers’ stubbornness or ignorance. Teachers know school districts can reopen in a manner that’s safe for teachers, we just don’t believe they will. Teachers have grown...
    California state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill on February 17 that would ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the future by phasing out the practice and would put a buffer around oil extraction sites to protect schools and other community spots, CBS Local reported. Source: News Time/YouTube The bill, SB 467, would stop issuing or renewing permits for hydraulic fracturing and other extraction methods starting in 2022 and would prohibit those practices in 2027. The bill also includes programming, training and job placement support for existing oil workers. “California must lead on climate and we must reduce and eventually end our dependence on oil,” Wiener said. “We’re out of time and we need to act quickly.” The buffer zones exist in states including Texas and Oklahoma but not California, where Wiener shared that 7.5 million Californian s live within a mile of an oil or gas well....
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in the state already planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Progressive California has long been a leader in combating climate change, requiring solar panels on new homes and passing a law to make the nation’s most populated state rely entirely on renewable energy by 2045. But environmental groups say California officials — particularly governors — have long had a blind spot for the oil and gas industry, which has wielded its immense political power many times to kill or weaken legislation aimed at curtailing production. That could be changing. Last year, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced steps to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars and called on lawmakers to go further by banning new permits for fracking, a technique to extract oil and...
    WEST TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply for more than 13 million people is poised to take final action on a permanent ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River watershed. The Delaware River Basin Commission announced Wednesday that it will vote on the proposal at a public meeting on Feb. 25. The commission, which regulates water quality and quantity in the Delaware and its tributaries, first imposed a moratorium on drilling and fracking — the technique that unleashed a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil — more than a decade ago. It began the process of enacting a permanent ban in 2017. The ban would apply to two counties in Pennsylvania’s northeastern tip that are part of the nation’s largest gas field, the Marcellus Shale. Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania as well as a landowners group are...
    WEST TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply for more than 13 million people is poised to take final action on a permanent ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River watershed. The Delaware River Basin Commission announced Wednesday that it will vote on the proposal at a public meeting on Feb. 25. The commission, which regulates water quality and quantity in the Delaware and its tributaries, first imposed a moratorium on drilling and fracking — the technique that unleashed a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil — more than a decade ago. It began the process of enacting a permanent ban in 2017. The ban would apply to two counties in Pennsylvania’s northeastern tip that are part of the nation’s largest gas field, the Marcellus Shale. Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania as well as a landowners group...
    By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heeding the call of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a state senator introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban all fracking in the nation's most populated state by 2027 and halt the oil and gas extraction method around schools and homes by Jan. 1. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique used to extract huge amounts of oil and gas from shale rock deep underground. It involves injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into rock. Environmental groups says the chemicals threaten water supplies and public health. The bill will likely be one of the most contentious fights in the state Legislature this year. The state’s influential oil and gas industry generated $152.3 billion in economic output in 2017, which generated about $21.5 billion in state and local taxes. But California has been a leader in combating climate change, with...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – Heeding the call of Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Scott Wiener introduced legislation on Wednesday that would ban all fracking in California by 2027 and halt the oil and gas extraction method around schools and homes by Jan. 1. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique used to extract huge amounts of oil and gas from shale rock deep underground. It involves injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into rock. Environmental groups says the chemicals threaten water supplies and public health. 2/ Fracking & other destructive oil extraction methods are deeply harmful to our environment & public health. They contaminate water, increase particulate in the air, & make people sick. And oil is at the heart of climate change. California must lead on climate & public health. — Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) February 17, 2021 The bill will likely be one of the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heeding the call of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a state senator introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban all fracking in the nation’s most populated state by 2027 and halt the oil and gas extraction method around schools and homes by Jan. 1. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique used to extract huge amounts of oil and gas from shale rock deep underground. It involves injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into rock. Environmental groups says the chemicals threaten water supplies and public health. The bill will likely be one of the most contentious fights in the state Legislature this year. The state’s influential oil and gas industry generated $152.3 billion in economic output in 2017, which generated about $21.5 billion in state and local taxes. But California has been a leader in combating climate change, with a law in place...
    Fracking advocates are fighting mad at President Biden’s new executive orders aimed at curbing oil and gas drilling, with some believing the new measures effectively break his promise not to ban fracking. Biden on Wednesday signed an order to pause oil and gas leases on federal land, and the White House announced it would begin a "rigorous review" of all existing fossil fuel leases and permitting practices. "Let me be clear, and I know this always comes up. We're not going to ban fracking," Biden said signing the order. It was a promise he’d peddled in swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio that led him to victory.  Some critics believe Biden is just not telling the truth. "It is a de facto ban on fracking," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., told Fox News in an interview about the new order, noting that his state stands to lose 30,000 jobs.  A top energy industry...
    President Joe Biden will announce a ban on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters on Wednesday, according to several reports. Biden’s decision bars any new fracking on federal lands despite his campaign promise not to ban the practice. “I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking,” Biden said in August 2020 during the presidential campaign. “No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.” Despite multiple promises to end fracking and fossil fuels during the Democrat primary or end “new fracking,” Biden clarified while campaigning in Pennsylvania ahead of the presidential election that he would only ban new fracking on federal lands. “No, I would not shut down this industry. I know our Republican friends are trying to say I said that,” Biden said about fracking in an interview with Pittsburg’s KDKA News. “I said I would not...
    New York (CNN Business)President Joe Biden is cracking down on the oil-and-gas industry, but he is not taking the extreme steps the Trump campaign claimed he would last fall.Last week, the Biden administration imposed a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits on federal lands unless the Interior Department's leaders approved them.Biden is expected to go a step further Wednesday, by ordering a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal land and water areas. However, this is a far cry from the more dramatic step climate activists are calling for (and that the oil industry fears): a full-blown federal ban on fracking. From Keystone XL to Paris Agreement, Joe Biden signals a shift away from fossil fuelsDuring the campaign, Biden explicitly opposed a nationwide ban on the controversial oil-and-gas technique, although the Trump campaign repeatedly suggested otherwise. And it's not even clear that a...
    Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler responded Tuesday to criticism of his intended coverage of the Biden administration after his paper intensely monitored President Trump's claims.  "We welcome all suggestions for fact checks. Some of our fans on the right (we see you @redsteeze @FDRLST), have been urging fact checks of 'Biden lies' and so we thought we’d take an opportunity to explains [sic] what we think makes for a good fact check," Kessler began a Twitter thread on Tuesday, alluding to criticism he had received from conservative commentator Stephen Miller and The Federalist.  WAPO REPORTS 'BRITISH, SOUTH AFRICAN COVID VARIANTS'  AFTER CONDEMNING TRUMP'S 'CHINA VIRUS' LABEL LAST YEAR Kessler explained that the "best fact checks are pinned on a number" that is given by a politician, and used by Kessler and his colleagues to delve into various policies. However, he noted that Biden's predecessor was "rather loquacious, speaking or tweeting without any prior fact...
    Photo via Adobe ImagesAfter the issue made little progress last year, Senate Minority Leader Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point, began a renewed effort Tuesday to ban fracking in Florida. Farmer filed a bill (SB 546) that would ban hydraulic fracturing --- known as fracking --- to extract oil and natural gas. The proposal also would ban a process known as matrix acidization, which uses many of the same chemicals as in hydraulic fracturing but dissolves rocks with acid instead of fracturing them with pressurized liquid. Farmer’s proposal is filed for the legislative session that starts March 2. It comes after years of efforts by some lawmakers and environmentalists to prevent the possibility of fracking in Florida. But the Legislature has rejected proposed bans, including bills last year that cleared only one Senate committee and no House committees. Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After the issue made little progress last year, Florida Senate Minority Leader Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point, began a renewed effort Tuesday to ban fracking in Florida. Farmer filed a bill (SB 546) that would ban hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — to extract oil and natural gas. The proposal also would ban a process known as matrix acidization, which uses many of the same chemicals as in hydraulic fracturing but dissolves rocks with acid instead of fracturing them with pressurized liquid. Farmer’s proposal is filed for the legislative session that starts March 2. It comes after years of efforts by some lawmakers and environmentalists to prevent the possibility of fracking in Florida. But the Legislature has rejected proposed bans, including bills last year that cleared only one Senate committee and no House committees. ALSO TRENDING ON CBSMIAMI.COM ...
    WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s nominee for interior secretary Rep. Deb Haaland is a Green New Deal co-sponsoring progressive who wants an immediate and outright ban on fracking in the United States. If confirmed, Haaland would be responsible for managing all of the nation’s natural resources, including oil, gas and clean coal, and more than 500 million acres of federal and tribal lands. She would also be in charge of making good on Biden’s promises to reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and create more renewable energy sources. While Biden flip-flopped on fracking during the presidential campaign — claiming he would ban it before backing it to woo blue-collar voters in states like Pennsylvania — Haaland, 60, is unequivocal. In interviews, the Native American lawmaker has repeatedly called for a ban on fracking and even signed on to the People’s Demands For Climate Justice, a petition which calls for an end...
    More On: joe biden Joe Biden adviser tests positive for COVID after Georgia trip Biden’s date with Nemesis and other commentary Biden taps Rep. Deb Haaland to be secretary of the interior Biden reportedly makes his pick to head the EPA WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s nominee for interior secretary Rep. Deb Haaland is a Green New Deal co-sponsoring progressive who wants an immediate and outright ban on fracking in the United States. If confirmed, Haaland would be responsible for managing all of the nation’s natural resources, including oil, gas and clean coal, and more than 500 million acres of federal and tribal lands. She would also be in charge of making good on Biden’s promises to reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and create more renewable energy sources. While Biden flip-flopped on fracking during the presidential campaign — claiming he would ban it before backing it to woo blue-collar voters...
              If you notice store shelves that are empty of toilet paper and canned food again, it may be because of a truckers’ shutdown and not the Chinese coronavirus. Truckers have been taking to social media to try to organize a “Stop The Wheels 2020” shutdown in protest of Joe Biden’s plans for the Green New Deal and a fracking ban in the event he assumes the presidency. Today was to have been the first strike day, with more coming Nov. 26-29. Organizers said, “Please let it be known that the dates are 11/26, 11/27, 11/28 & 11/29. NOT 11/29 alone. Please share and get this information out because there are some who are quoting just the 29th. This is not when it starts.  Please let it be known that the dates are 11/26, 11/27, 11/28 & 11/29. NOT 11/29 alone. Please share and...
    Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) said in an interview Sunday that calling for defunding the police and a ban on fracking led to Democrats losing seats. Lamb, who just narrowly beat Republican Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, told the New York Times that Democrats pushing for defunding the police and fracking led to Democrats losing seats in the House. Lamb said: I’m giving you an honest account of what I’m hearing from my own constituents, which is that they are extremely frustrated by the message of defunding the police and banning fracking. And I, as a Democrat, am just as frustrated. Because those things aren’t just unpopular, they’re completely unrealistic, and they aren’t going to happen. And they amount to false promises by the people that call for them. Lamb added that the “rhetoric and the policies” have “gone way too far.” “It needs to be dialed back. It needs...
    CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed Monday during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania that he has “never” opposed fracking. VERDICT: FALSE. Biden has consistently criticized fracking and has promised to ban the process, as has his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “By the way, no matter how many times Trump tries to lie about it, I will not ban fracking. Never said I would,” Biden told his supporters at a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. Asked on July 31, 2019, during the second Democratic Party presidential primary debate whether there would be “any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration,” Biden responded to CNN’s Dana Bash and said, “No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel.” Joe Biden just claimed he doesnt want to ban...
    As California's attorney general, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., previously sued the Obama-Biden administration with a request to block further fracking in the state. The lawsuit, filed in December of 2016, challenged an environmental assessment, which Harris said cleared the way for fracking and other activities off the coast of California. In a press release, the now-vice presidential candidate described fracking as a potential threat to public health.  “The U.S. Department of Interior's inadequate environmental assessment would open the door to practices like fracking that may pose a threat to the health and well-being of California communities. We must balance our energy needs with our longstanding commitment to protecting our natural resources and public health.” FRACKING FLIP-FLOP? HARRIS' PAST REMARKS RESURFACE AFTER CLAIMING BIDEN WH WOULDN'T ISSUE BAN Harris' office also pushed back on the idea that fracking posed little threat. "This assessment runs contrary to substantial evidence in the record identifying significant environmental...
    Nicholas Loris, the deputy director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the Biden campaign’s energy and environment platform, the economic impact of a Biden administration and more. “It’s been a little bit all over the place. During the Democrat primary, it was more of a ‘hey, we are going to ban fracking’ because both Vice President Harris and Kamala Harris need to tack further to the left,” Loris, who recently published a report accessing the Biden energy and environment platform, said about Biden’s stance on fracking. He continued, “they’ve since softened that position — though their energy and environment plan still takes a pretty aggressive approach in terms of limiting access to affordable and reliable energy.” (RELATED: ‘We Don’t Have To Run To The Middle East’: Fracking Company...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump in survey of Texas voters from left-leaning pollster On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday Trump rebukes FBI for investigating supporters accused of harassing Biden bus MORE this weekend directed his administration to put together a report on what the impacts would be of putting a ban or tighter restrictions on fracking, a controversial oil and gas extraction method he’s sought to emphasize his support for on the campaign trail. The president on Saturday issued a memo directing Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to submit reports within 70 days on both the economic and national security implications of banning or restricting fracking.  The order comes as President Trump has sought to differentiate himself from his presidential opponent Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump in survey of Texas voters from left-leaning pollster On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday Trump rebukes FBI for investigating...
    "The Story" host Martha MacCallum pressed Joe Biden campaign surrogate Pete Buttigieg Wednesday over the 2020 Democratic nominee's position on fracking and the oil industry following repeated attempts to clarify earlier comments on the issue. The former South Bend, Ind. mayor told MacCallum that while Biden opposes a full fracking ban, "he understands that climate change is real and he's put forward a way to deal with it that supports workers in the energy industry through this transition. "I suspect ... no one really thinks that we're going to have the exact same energy profile in 2050 that we do in 2020,"  Buttigieg added. "Now, you can either pretend that is not a reality, just like the president wants to pretend the pandemic is not reality, or you can get the American people and the American economy ready for it." Trump has criticized Biden for changing his position on fracking over the course of his campaign; the former vice president has variously called for outlawing all fracking, banning...
    In the final days before the 2020 presidential election, President Trump and 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden have ramped up pleas for voters in the key swing state of Pennsylvania, where fracking and energy jobs have been in focus. Trump has repeatedly gone after the former vice president for an inconsistent message on fracking, claiming Biden would end the practice and eliminate many U.S. jobs along with it. This line of attack was amplified after the last presidential debate. Biden, however, has clarified he would not prohibit fracking – though his climate plan does call for a gradual transition away from a reliance on the oil and gas industries over the next few decades. Biden has separated himself from the more progressive set of the Democratic Party, which has called for a fracking ban as part of a shift toward greener options. Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.,...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE is weighing whether to issue an executive order requiring an economic analysis of fracking, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing unnamed senior administration officials. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a method of extracting oil and gas from rocks. It’s controversial because it has been linked to water contamination. Trump has been a vocal supporter of fracking and has attempted to make it part of his campaign messaging in states like Pennsylvania where it's used by industry. According to The Journal, he’s now considering telling government agencies to analyze the effects of fracking on trade and the economy and what would happen if it...
    Alex Thomas October 27, 2020 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany debuted a new role this week when she appeared on Fox News shows as an adviser to the Trump Campaign, rather than in her typical role as press secretary. The Trump campaign frequently puts its advisers on television, as does the White House, but Tuesday was the first occasion when McEnany appeared in a campaign role since she joined the White House. Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews said that McEnany “was appearing in her personal capacity as a private citizen,” per The Hill. McEnany is reportedly an unpaid volunteer on the Trump Campaign. During a Tuesday interview on Fox’s America’s Newsroom, McEnany was introduced as “Trump 2020 senior advisor and White House press secretary.” Her title was listed as “Trump 2020 Senior Advisor.” During the interview, McEnany slammed Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s debate...
    Monday, CNN business and politics correspondent Vanessa Yurkevich reported that voters in Western Pennsylvania were “still pretty confused” on 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s position on fracking. Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have both said on the campaign trail they support banning fracking, although Biden recently claimed during the final presidential debate that he never said he opposed fracking. Yurkevich advised on “CNN Newsroom” that voters in Western Pennsylvania, where she noted “fracking is king, are “looking for certainty” because they do not think they will survive without fracking. “[V]oters we spoke to in Western Pennsylvania are still pretty confused on the former vice president’s position, whether it’s what Donald Trump is saying about Joe Biden or Joe Biden’s lack of clarity. Voters are looking for certainty right now,” Yurkevich said. “And this is critically important in Western Pennsylvania, where fracking is king. It’s helped to boost...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday clarified his oil industry "transition" comment in two separate interviews with TV stations in Pittsburgh and Dallas. Biden said during the last presidential debate on Oct. 22 that he would "transition from the oil industry" when President Trump asked him to clarify his stance on energy and, in particular, fracking. "The oil industry is not going to go away, and the oil industry itself, if you notice what it's doing, it's branching out beyond oil," the former vice president said during an interview with NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. "In fact, we're going to maintain and create millions more jobs -- labor unions. The labor unions down there have endorsed my plan because it's going to build and create good-paying jobs and move toward an economy where we have multiple opportunities to deal with energy." A MarkWest Liberty natural gas pipeline and fracking well cap in Valencia, Pa.,...
            by Christopher Gage  Joe Biden upended the historic formula of a Democratic presidential nominee. Usually, the hopeful plays his liberal greatest hits to the primary crowd, before tacking to the center as the election dawns and ordinary Americans start listening. Since his assisted capture of the nomination, Biden has veered leftward, crafting, with the help of the party’s progressive wing, the most progressive platform since the ill-fated George McGovern in 1972. This is not, as some attest, a political rebirth, but the reparations Biden and the party must pay to those the establishment bilked of the big prize. The fractures within this forced marriage were first sealed with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) help—the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force scored some big wins, shunting Biden’s energy platform into what supporters have assured is the “most aggressive climate change plan of any presidential candidate...
    Washington (CNN)Less than two weeks before Election Day, a new Trump campaign ad scheduled to air in Pennsylvania misleadingly portrays former Vice President Joe Biden's stance on fracking, a drilling method used to extract oil or natural gas. Interspersed with a testimonial from a fracking technician, the ad claims Biden will end fracking, and features among others a tightly cut clip of him saying: "No new fracking."Facts First: Biden is not running on a proposal to completely ban fracking and it was never part of his written plan. That being said, he has previously created confusion about his stance over the course of the campaign, first with some of his comments during the Democratic primaries and then again during the final presidential debate on October 22. The clip featured in the ad is from an exchange Biden had with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders about climate change during a March 15...
    Google-owned YouTube is running damage control for the Biden campaign, running a “fact check” at the top of searches related to Joe Biden and fracking, which claims that the Democrat candidate does not want to “ban” the oil and gas extraction method. Searches for “Joe Biden fracking” and “Biden fracking” currently return a prominently-featured “fact check,” positioned above the list of videos. The first result in the search results is a clip of Biden and Trump’s exchange on fracking during the second presidential debate, in which the Democrat candidate said his administration would “transition away from the oil industry.” “The oil industry pollutes, significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time,” said Biden. The second result in a YouTube search for “Joe Biden fracking” is a video of Biden attempting to walk back the comments at a recent live event, insisting he is not “banning fracking.” Biden’s comments...
    Steve Horn October 26, 2020 10:09AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Capital & Main. On Sept. 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to ban hydrofracturing in the state by 2024. Just three weeks later, on Oct. 16, his administration approved permits to frack six new wells owned by a company with whom he has lobbying ties. That company, Aera Energy – a joint venture of Shell and ExxonMobil – is represented by the lobbying firm Axiom Advisors. Axiom's lobbyists include Jason Kinney, a senior advisor to Newsom while he served as lieutenant governor, and Kevin Schmidt, a policy director for Newsom during the same time period. Kinney's wife, Mary Gonsalves Kinney, Capital & Main previously reported, is also the personal stylist for First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Jason Kinney has been called a "majordomo" for the governor by Sacramento political press. : The North Belridge Oil Field in Kern County....
    Bradley Cortright October 25, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is insisting that he will not ban fracking if he wins the White House in the upcoming presidential election.  During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was asked if he was bothered by Biden’s vow that he would not ban fracking. “You know, it does not bother me. I have a very strong position on fracking. You know, the science is very clear. The methane emissions from fracking are up to 64 times more powerful than CO2 emissions at trapping heat in the air, and just from a perspective of stopping climate change,” she said. “However, that is my view. Vice President Biden has made very clear that he does not agree with a fracking ban. It will be a privilege to lobby him should we win the White House, but we need...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was on CNN Sunday morning with Jake Tapper on his State of the Union show. In part because Democratic reps, like Republican reps, going on Sunday shows is about this coming election, and in part because newscasters are not particularly deep or creative when it comes to talking about politics, Tapper decided to spend a lot of time trying to get Ocasio-Cortez to attack Joe Biden for their differences of political opinions. Newsflash: Ocasio-Cortez, progressive hero, co-author of the ambitious Green New Deal environmental package, and Vice President Joe Biden aren’t exactly on the same page as to how to handle climate change. More to the point, Tapper asked Ocasio-Cortez whether or not she was bothered by the fact that Biden has not said he would outright ban fracking. The move to ban fracking in states across the country has been a seesaw battle of fossil fuel interests fighting...
    Washington (CNN)Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday that she isn't concerned that Joe Biden's opposition to a nationwide ban on fracking will hurt young voter turnout, arguing that they will support the Democratic presidential nominee because they are "realistic and pragmatic in their vote." "I believe that young people right now have a very disciplined, activist mindset, and they are not here with the intent of voting for their favorite person or voting for, you know, someone that they think is perfect as president," Ocasio-Cortez told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" when asked about how Biden's position will play with younger voters."I think young people are actually quite disciplined and quite realistic and pragmatic in their vote, and they want to vote for who they are going to lobby," she said. The answer from the New York Democrat signals that for many in the party's rising progressive...
    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that former Vice President Joe Biden’s position on fracking did not bother her because she said it would be “a privilege to lobby him.” Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Let’s turn to climate change, which is an issue of tremendous importance, especially to you. You introduced a bill earlier this year that would ban all fracking nationwide the next five years. To be completely candid, Vice President Biden’s position on the issue of fracking has been confusing. During the primary, he sounded supportive of a ban. On Saturday, he told supporters in Pennsylvania I’m not banning fracking altogether. It sounds like now he is on the other side of the issue from you. Does it bother you?” Ocasio-Cortez said, “It does not bother me. I believe, and I have a very strong position on fracking. You know, the science...
    By Ellen Knickmeyer and Kathleen Ronayne | Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change. The Democratic presidential nominee has spent months touting a $2 trillion plan to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from the U.S. economy by 2050. The plan implied that he would wean the U.S. off oil and gas, but Biden wasn’t so explicit about the industry’s fate — until Thursday night. During the final moments of the presidential debate, Biden said he would “transition away from the oil industry.” President Donald Trump, trailing Biden in many national and battleground state polls, immediately sensed an opportunity to appeal to voters in competitive states like Texas and Pennsylvania that produce oil and gas. “Basically what he is saying is he is going to destroy the oil industry,” Trump said. “Will you remember that,...
    By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change. The Democratic presidential nominee has spent months touting a $2 trillion plan to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from the U.S. economy by 2050. The plan implied that he would wean the U.S. off oil and gas, but Biden wasn't so explicit about the industry's fate — until Thursday night. During the final moments of the presidential debate, Biden said he would “transition away from the oil industry.” President Donald Trump, trailing Biden in many national and battleground state polls, immediately sensed an opportunity to appeal to voters in competitive states like Texas and Pennsylvania that produce oil and gas. “Basically what he is saying is he is going to destroy the oil industry,” Trump said. “Will you remember that, Texas?...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change. The Democratic presidential nominee has spent months touting a $2 trillion plan to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from the U.S. economy by 2050. The plan implied that he would wean the U.S. off oil and gas, but Biden wasn’t so explicit about the industry’s fate — until Thursday night. During the final moments of the presidential debate, Biden said he would “transition away from the oil industry.” President Donald Trump, trailing Biden in many national and battleground state polls, immediately sensed an opportunity to appeal to voters in competitive states like Texas and Pennsylvania that produce oil and gas. “Basically what he is saying is he is going to destroy the oil industry,” Trump said. “Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that, Pennsylvania? Oklahoma? Ohio?”...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Sen. Kamala Harris is clarifying Joe Biden’s comments during the last presidential debate about transitioning away from the oil industry, saying he won't ban the oil extraction technique called fracking. Speaking to reporters in Atlanta on Friday, Biden's running mate said he will “deal with the oil subsidies.” Republicans have launched a barrage of attacks on the issue. Biden was asked during Thursday's debate with President Donald Trump in Tennessee if there would be “any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration.” The Democrat offered a muddled response, initially saying he would transition away from oil, before clarifying he’d eliminate federal subsidies for the industry. Biden’s climate plan calls for achieving net-zero carbon emissions in part through nixing subsidies, which would have implications for fracking. Biden also has proposed a ban...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Sen. Kamala Harris is clarifying Joe Biden’s comments during the last presidential debate about transitioning away from the oil industry. Speaking to reporters in Atlanta on Friday, Biden's running mate said he won’t ban the oil extraction technique called fracking and will “deal with the oil subsidies.” Republicans have launched a barrage of attacks on the issue. Biden was asked during Thursday's debate with President Donald Trump in Tennessee if there would be “any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration.” The Democrat offered a muddled response, initially saying he would transition away from oil, before clarifying he’d eliminate federal subsidies for the industry. Biden’s climate plan calls for achieving net-zero carbon emissions in part through nixing subsidies, which would have implications for fracking. Biden also has proposed a ban on new...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Sen. Kamala Harris is clarifying Joe Biden’s comments during the last presidential debate about transitioning away from the oil industry. Speaking to reporters in Atlanta on Friday, Biden’s running mate said he won’t ban the oil extraction technique called fracking and will “deal with the oil subsidies.” Republicans have launched a barrage of attacks on the issue. Biden was asked during Thursday’s debate with President Donald Trump in Tennessee if there would be “any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration.” The Democrat offered a muddled response, initially saying he would transition away from oil, before clarifying he’d eliminate federal subsidies for the industry. Biden’s climate plan calls for achieving net-zero carbon emissions in part through nixing subsidies, which would have implications for fracking. Biden also has proposed a ban on...
    The final presidential debate Thursday was fraught with heated discussion, including when President Donald Trump vigorously challenged Joe Biden on his stance regarding fracking. Biden reacted by demanding the president share proof that he is against fracking, so Trump did just that. "We're going to have the greatest economy in the world, but if you want to kill the economy, get rid of your oil industry you want," President Trump said. Then he asked Biden, "And what about fracking?" "I never said I oppose fracking," Biden responded. Trump reacted by saying, "You said it on tape." Biden responded, "Show the tape, put it on your website." "I'll put it on," Trump declared. "Put it on the website," Biden said. "The fact of the matter is he's flat lying." Moderator Kristen Welker asked Biden, "Would you rule out about banning fracking?" "I do rule out banning fracking...
    (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that he "never said I oppose fracking" when pressed by President Donald Trump on the issue during Thursday night's presidential debate. "You said it on tape," Trump replied. Facts First: It's false that Biden never said he opposed fracking. In two Democratic primary debates, Biden made confusing remarks over fracking that his campaign had to clarify. In 2019, Biden said "we would make sure it's eliminated" when asked about the future of coal and fracking; in 2020 he said he opposed "new fracking." Biden's written plan, conversely, never included a full ban on fracking or even on new fracking. Rather, it proposes "banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters" -- not ending all new fracking anywhere or ending all existing fracking on public lands and waters. Biden created confusion about his stance with some of his comments during the Democratic...
    JOE Biden claimed never called for a ban on fracking during last night's showdown debate. Donald Trump was quick to point out that Biden has said in the past would want to ban it. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 4Joe Biden claimed during last night's debate that ever said he would ban frackingCredit: Reuters 4Donald Trump suggested Biden was going to 'destroy the oil industry'Credit: EPA 4Biden and Trump debated last nigh tin Nashville, TennesseeCredit: Getty - Pool Both candidates went head-to-dead last night in Nashville, Tennessee, as tens millions tuned in across the country to watch the last in-person clash with just 12 days to go before the election. Biden yesterday slammed Trump as the candidates discussed climate change, and insisted he would not ban fracking. The Democratic nominee said he'd rather see the US transitioning away from its dependence...
    Claim: “I do rule out banning fracking,” Joe Biden said at Thursday night’s debate. VERDICT: Misleading. Biden stated, “I have never said I oppose fracking.” When Donald Trump said Biden was “on tape” opposing fracking, Biden challenged him to put it on his website. Here is that video: Joe Biden: “no more, no new fracking” in my administrationhttps://t.co/gnHCex8NPv pic.twitter.com/bwvLaU2VyB — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 16, 2020 Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), has said she would outright ban fracking. Kamala Harris backs a federal ban on frackinghttps://t.co/BM0xhvyX02 pic.twitter.com/QHMmg2Xhv4 — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 4, 2019 Biden said Thursday that “we need other industries to get to a complete zero emissions by 2025.” That was likely a misstatement. Biden’s campaign website calls for something like this by 2035, ten years later than he promised during the presidential debate. In any case, Biden’s program of subsidies for renewable energy and penalties...
    C-Span/ZUMA Wire For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.In the middle of a heated exchange on climate change during the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump went on the attack: He repeated his go-to claim that Joe Biden plans to ban fracking, a drilling process that injects a chemical cocktail and water into rock to extract gas. “I never said I oppose fracking,” Biden responded. “He’s flat out lying.” Indeed, Biden has implied the gas extracted from fracking is needed as a transition fuel, away from coal, to eventually reach zero carbon emissions. (Environmentalists and scientists dispute that claim, noting that the potent greenhouse gas methane escapes from fracking.) As Biden reminded voters, “I said no fracking on federal land.” That’s a big distinction: Roughly 90 percent of fracking occurs on state and private land, meaning he’d be leaving...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has repeatedly promised he would not ban fracking—a vital economic bulwark in the battleground state of Pennsylvania—if elected. Even if he keeps his promise, however, Biden’s green energy plan would wipe out the fracking industry in Pennsylvania, costing hundreds of thousands of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars of lost income. Pennsylvania is home to the largest shale-gas field in the United States and the state produces more natural gas than any state apart from Texas. Energy companies have poured billions of dollars of investments into the state to get at that gas, creating hundreds of thousands of high-wage jobs and fueling a boom in the state’s economy and cushioning the blow from the Obama-Biden administration’s campaign against coal mining. Natural gas is the nation’s dominant fuel source, central to the production of electricity in the U.S. That means that Pennsylvania is very much...
    More than 1 million passengers screened for first time since pandemic began These Regional Grocery Stores Are Emerging From Bankruptcy Biden’s Clean Grid Would Choke Gas, Even Without Fracking Ban (Bloomberg) -- During a town hall meeting Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden again assured shale producers that he wouldn’t ban fracking if elected. Then, in virtually the same breath, he touted his $2 trillion clean-energy plan, which aims to edge natural gas out of the power mix within 15 years. Load Error The former vice president’s efforts to walk a tightrope on gas reflect the fossil fuel’s precarious place in the economy. For now, it’s an essential part of American life. Biden has been careful not to make an enemy of the industry, especially in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, home to the largest U.S. shale-gas field. His policies may even, in the short-term, support the...
    English womens soccer targets titles, player development The most luxurious retirement communities in America Biden’s Clean Grid Would Chokes Gas, Even Without Fracking Ban (Bloomberg) -- During a town hall meeting Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden again assured shale producers that he wouldn’t ban fracking if elected. Then, in virtually the same breath, he touted his $2 trillion clean-energy plan, which aims to edge natural gas out of the power mix within 15 years. Load Error The former vice president’s efforts to walk a tightrope on gas reflect the fossil fuel’s precarious place in the economy. For now, it’s an essential part of American life. Biden has been careful not to make an enemy of the industry, especially in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, home to the largest U.S. shale-gas field. His policies may even, in the short-term, support the gas market. But in the long...
    During a town hall meeting Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden again assured shale producers that he wouldn’t ban fracking if elected. Then, in virtually the same breath, he touted his $2 trillion clean-energy plan, which aims to edge natural gas out of the power mix within 15 years. The former vice president’s efforts to walk a tightrope on gas reflect the fossil fuel’s precarious place in the economy. For now, it’s an essential part of American life. Biden has been careful not to make an enemy of the industry, especially in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, home to the largest U.S. shale-gas field. His policies may even, in the short-term, support the gas market. But in the long run, the fuel may prove economically and environmentally untenable within the power sector, a key market for producers. Biden’s climate plan would only accelerate that outcome, with massive investments in...
    Joe Biden shifted slightly Thursday night on his refusal to say where he stands on court-packing: He still won’t say, but now he vows he will level with the public before Election Day. People “do have a right to know where I’ll stand and they’ll have a right to know where I stand before they vote,” Biden at ABC’s town hall. Oops: Thanks to early and mail-in voting, millions of Americans are casting their ballots now. And he still hasn’t actually said, claiming only that he’s not a fan of the idea but is “open to considering what happens” if the Senate confirms Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. This follows weeks when he said voters “don’t deserve” to know his position, calling the issue a Trump campaign effort to “distract” voters from “the real issues.” All this, by the way, is in stark contrast to Biden’s take...
    Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old Swedish climate change activist, has endorsed Joe Biden’s bid for the White House, breaking with her long-standing rule of avoiding party politics. In a tweet Saturday, Thunberg said that the November 3 election is “above and beyond all that,” and is urging people to “get organized” and vote for Biden, even though she acknowledged that many of her followers backed other candidates. “I never engage in party politics,” she wrote. “But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that. From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates. But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden.” I never engage in party politics. But the upcoming US elections is above and beyond all that.From a climate perspective it’s very far from enough and many of you of course supported other candidates....
    Joe Biden once again refused to reveal his stance on packing the Supreme Court, saying voters 'don't deserve' to know his position ahead of the November election. The Democratic nominee reiterated his stance during an interview on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada, while taking questions from the media. Biden refused to reveal his thoughts the day prior while in Arizona, stating it would only grab headlines and take focus away from the Trump administration's effort to confirm nominee Amy Coney Barrett.  KTNV reporter Ross DiMattei approached Biden and confessed that viewers were anxious to know if he supported expanding the Supreme Court to more than nine judges. Joe Biden (pictured) told a reporter in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday that voters 'don't deserve' to know his opinion on court packing Biden is asked if voters deserve to know if he will pack the Supreme Court.Biden: No. pic.twitter.com/5xsujoDudS— America Rising Squared (@ARSquared)...
    At Wednesday’s debate with Mike Pence, Kamala Harris echoed Joe Biden’s recent claim that he doesn’t back the Green New Deal or a ban on fracking. Voters are right to doubt them; both have long supported each of those extremist plans. Biden’s website still labels the radical GND (unveiled by Harris herself last year, as an original co-sponsor with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) “a crucial framework” for addressing climate change. The site demands “greater ambition on an epic scale” to meet the challenges. Yes, “epic.” And Biden has repeatedly vowed to “get rid of fossil fuels.” “Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?” he was asked last year. “No,” he replied. He’d “make sure it’s eliminated.” He’s even called for industry execs to be put “in jail.” But now the Democrats fear scaring off moderates in swing states like Pennsylvania where a...
    Emily Pontecorvo October 9, 2020 10:30AM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. When moderator Susan Page brought up climate change during Wednesday night's vice presidential debate, both Mike Pence and Kamala Harris seemed remarkably prepared. Maybe that's because last week, when Chris Wallace broke 12 years of debate question silence on the issue during the painful interruption contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, he forced the candidates to extrapolate on the subject for nearly 10 minutes. The exchange caught the president (and us!) a tad off-guard. So this time, the vice-presidential hopefuls had talking points at the ready. : Both Pence and Harris rushed to paint themselves as pro-science — not a surprising goal given that in 2020, more acres...
    New York (CNN Business)Banning fracking would kill tens of thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas -- three states at the heart of the 2020 race for the White House. That's why Joe Biden has explicitly opposed a nationwide ban on the controversial oil-and-gas drilling technique, even though climate activists want to save planet by banning fracking.It's also why President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed otherwise. It happened again during Wednesday night's debate when Vice President Mike Pence misleadingly said Biden wants to "ban fracking." Both campaigns know that voters in battleground states rely on the oil-and-gas industry for their livelihoods. And those votes could very well decide next month's election."Fracking is really important to white, working class voters -- especially in the key swing state of Pennsylvania," said Ed Mills, Washington policy analyst at Raymond James. Read MorePennsylvania, the state that FiveThirtyEight says is most likely to provide...
    What a difference a general election debate makes. In the primaries, Democrat candidates had no problem boldly and emphatically proclaiming their anarchist views. Yet, when they get on a general debate stage, they are suddenly shy and full of diffidence about their deep-seated views. Kamala Harris, just like Joe Biden a week ago, refused to vouch for the Democratic position on packing the Supreme Court, endless virus lockdowns, the Green New Deal, raising taxes on most people, or Antifa rioters. But the biggest shocker of the night was her running away from the fracking ban as if it were the plague. Not only did Harris dodge the issue of banning fracking, she went out of her way to assert on two occasions that Biden absolutely will not ban fracking. On Sept. 5, 2019, CNN held a "climate change" town hall with the Democrat...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said during Wednesday night's debate that her running mate Joe Biden "has been very clear" about not ending fracking if elected president -- but past remarks from both of them indicate that their positions on the issue have been inconsistent. Harris herself, for instance, publicly supported a fracking ban when she was seeking her party's presidential nomination. During a CNN town hall event, Harris emphatically opposed fracking. WHO WON THE DEBATE? PENCE-HARRIS SHOWDOWN DRAWS RANGE OF OPINIONS ONLINE “There’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking,” Harris said, explaining that if elected she would first push for addressing the practice on public land, and then support legislation that would do more. “And this is something I’ve taken on in California,” she added. Clips of her remarks have circulated on Twitter since Wednesday's debate. VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: HARRIS, PENCE SPAR ON PLEXIGLASS-DIVIDED STAGE...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a jab at vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris and her presidential running mate Joe Biden while watching the VP debate, voicing her disapproval for one of their major climate positions. “Fracking is bad, actually,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted Wednesday evening. The social media post came after Harris (D-Calif.) was pressed by Vice President Pence that a Biden administration would ban fracking. Fracking, short for hydraulic fracking, is a process by which water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the ground at very high pressures to crack layers of rock and release oil or gas trapped inside. Environmental activists argue the method has led to increased air and water pollution around the country. In response, Harris said that the charge was simply untrue. “I will repeat, and the American people will know, Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact. That is a fact,” she...
    KAMALA Harris and Joe Biden went head to head on Wednesday night (October 7, 2020) in a live televised Vice Presidential Debate. The tense election showdown saw California Senator Harris and vice president incumbent Pence square off on a range of topics, from Covid-19 to healthcare and the environment. 2Kamala Harris insisted that fracking would not be banner under a Biden administrationCredit: Reuters Will Joe Biden or Kamala Harris ban fracking? Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed he does not support a ban on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. Fracking is technique in which water and sand are pumped under high pressure into a well to create fractures in rock formations that release oil and natural gas. But rather than placing an outright ban on the fossil fuel method, Biden is seeking to tighten up permissions and ban the issue of new permits for any form of oil...
    Getty Former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (left) and Senator from California and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris (right). During the one and only vice presidential debate for the 2020 presidential elections, Vice President Mike Pence forced vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris to defend Joe Biden’s record on fracking and accused Biden of supporting a ban on fracking. Fracking, as defined in Investopedia, is shorthand for “hydraulic fracturing.” This occurs when a fluid is injected into the cracks of rocks that further expands the cracks; it is done to gain easier access to procure oil in oil and gas wells but has been criticized for its costs and negative environmental effects (such as leaking into groundwater and consuming voluminous amounts of water). The accusation came as the former California attorney general and the current senator was facing off against Pence during the debate held Wednesday...
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called out Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris for denying Joe Biden’s support for banning fracking during the vice presidential debate. "In case you’re watching Senator Harris lie about fracking right now, both she and VP Biden are on record, on video and will absolutely ban fracking,” Paul said. “They seek to end coal and all fossil fuels.” In case you’re watching Senator Harris lie about fracking right now, both she and VP Biden are on record, on video and will absolutely ban fracking. They seek to end coal and all fossil fuels. #VPDebate https://t.co/2cqY54PfpL— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 8, 2020 Pence hit Harris hard on what he said was her ticket’s support for banning fracking. “They want to abolish fossil fuels and ban fracking, which would cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs all across the heartland,” Pence said. “And Joe Biden...
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris said at Wednesday's vice presidential debate that Joe Biden would not ban fracking if elected president despite Vice President Mike Pence's repeated claims that he would ban the drilling method. She argued that a Biden administration would focus on creating new jobs, and that "part of those jobs that will be created by Joe Biden are going to be about clean energy and renewable energy." "I will repeat, and the American people know, that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact," Harris said. Hydraulic fracturing is a drilling method for extracting natural gas from shale formations underground by injecting liquid at high pressure.  Although Harris called for banning fracking as a presidential candidate, the Biden climate plan does not take that stance. Pence also argued that Biden would want to implement the Green New Deal, a progressive plan to address...
    Vice President Mike Pence accused his Democratic rival of wanting to ban fracking, forcing Sen. Kamala Harris to distance Joe Biden’s climate plan from pressure from progressive Democrats to restrict natural gas. “They want to abolish fossil fuels and ban fracking, which would cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs all across the heartland,” Pence said during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate. Pence attempted to emphasize discord between Biden and the more liberal Harris on climate change. “You yourself said repeatedly that you would ban fracking,” Pence said. “You were the first senator to co-sponsor the Green New Deal,” he added of the sweeping climate resolution championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Harris, however, pushed back, arguing Biden has been “very clear” he won’t ban fracking. “That is a fact,” she added later in a back-and-forth with Pence. She repeated Biden’s refrain that their $2 trillion climate change plan would...
    DONALD Trump shared a clip on Wednesday night showing Kamala Harris vowing she would "absolutely" ban fracking as she insists Joe Biden won't. The President tweeted the short video during the 2020 United States vice presidential debate at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. 2The President tweeted a video of Kamala Harris during the 2020 United States vice presidential debateCredit: AP:Associated Press 2'There is no question I'm in favor of banning fracking,' Harris said in footage shared by President Trump "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris BOTH want to BAN FRACKING," Trump wrote to Twitter. The clip, which has obtained more than 888,000 views, shows Harris answering a question about whether she would ban fracking. Harris is seen saying: "There is no question I'm in favor of banning fracking. "So, Yes." Most read in News'A CURE!'Trump says catching Covid was 'a blessing' and vows FREE 'miracle' drug for allExclusiveGRIM SUP...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. “He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the Legislature,” Consumer Watchdog advocate Liza Tucker said. Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, was equally critical, saying that the governor “can’t claim climate leadership while handing out permits to oil companies to drill and frack.” Greenpeace USA’s Caroline Henderson said Newsom’s track record on fossil fuels “has only gotten worse,” while Food & Water Action California director Alexandra Nagy said his announcement amounts to “lofty words and predictions, but no meaningful action.” The Democratic governor signed an executive order to stop sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035 while also announcing that he will...
    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. "He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the Legislature,” Consumer Watchdog advocate Liza Tucker said. Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, was equally critical, saying that the governor “can’t claim climate leadership while handing out permits to oil companies to drill and frack." Greenpeace USA's Caroline Henderson said Newsom's track record on fossil fuels “has only gotten worse,” while Food & Water Action California director Alexandra Nagy said his announcement amounts to “lofty words and predictions, but no meaningful action.” The Democratic governor signed an executive order to stop sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035 while also...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. “He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the Legislature,” Consumer Watchdog advocate Liza Tucker said. Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, was equally critical, saying that the governor “can’t claim climate leadership while handing out permits to oil companies to drill and frack.” Greenpeace USA’s Caroline Henderson said Newsom’s track record on fossil fuels “has only gotten worse,” while Food & Water Action California director Alexandra Nagy said his announcement amounts to “lofty words and predictions, but no meaningful action.” The Democratic governor signed an executive order to stop sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035 while also announcing that he will ask...
    SACRAMENTO —  Emphasizing that California must stay at the forefront of the fight against climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday issued an executive order to restrict new car sales in the state to only zero-emission vehicles by 2035 and threw his support behind a ban on the controversial use of hydraulic fracturing by oil companies. Under Newsom’s order, the California Air Resources Board would implement the phase-out of new gas-powered cars and light trucks and also require medium and heavy-duty trucks to be zero-emission by 2045 where possible. California would be the first state in the nation to mandate 100% zero-emission vehicles, though 15 countries already have committed to phasing out gas-powered cars. Newsom did not take executive action to ban the controversial oil extraction method known as fracking but called on the state Legislature to do so, setting up what could be a contentious political fight when...
    The question as to whether a President Joe Biden would or would not ban fracking has two answers: He would “make sure” that hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to produce oil and natural gas is “eliminated” while saying he would not ban the technique. During the Democrat primary presidential debate in July in Detroit Michigan, moderator Dana Bash asked Biden: “Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?” “No, we would work it out,” Biden said. “We would make sure it is eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those. Any fossil fuel.” In an interview last weekend with a local show, This Week in Pennsylvania, Biden said he never has vowed to end fracking. “I never told environmentalists that I’m going to ban fracking,” Biden said. “No 1. No 2, it’s a flat lie about what President Trump is saying.”...
    Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has joined her running mate Joe Biden’s flip-flop on whether, if elected, their administration would ban fracking. Harris on Sunday said she supported Biden’s pledge that he would not ban fracking, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Harris made the comments on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying fracking provides “good-paying jobs in places like Pennsylvania.” Harris went on to say that if elected, Biden’s administration would “put a significant investment in the good-paying union jobs that we can create around clean energy.” She added that the suggestion one can’t have job creation and environmental protection is a “false choice,” the outlet reported. A year ago, however, Harris fully embraced a ban on fracking during her own failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Free Beacon previously reported. “There is no question I’m in favor of banning fracking,” Harris said last year. “We...
    President Donald Trump mocked former Vice President Joe Biden in Pennsylvania for backtracking on his views on fracking as a candidate for president. “Now, Biden came out today and said, ‘No, no, fracking is ok’ … Because he was getting killed!” Trump marveled, referring to the polls. The president spoke at an airport rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania,  Thursday night and said that a fracking ban would cost Pennsylvania anywhere between 600,000 and 940,000 jobs in the state. Trump recalled that Biden, in a July Democrat presidential primary debate, said that there would be no place in his administration for fossil fuels, coal, and fracking. “No, we would — we would work it out,” he said. “We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel.” Joe Biden just claimed he doesnt want to ban fracking. But a few months ago...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pulled an obvious and hypocritical flip-flop maneuver Monday when he claimed he does not plan to ban fracking if elected president, syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh argued Tuesday. During a March debate with primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Biden said there would be "no more -- no new fracking" if he is elected. Similarly, in a July 2019 debate, Biden aswered "No" when asked by CNN's Dana Bash: "Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?" "We would work it out. We would make sure it's eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either -- any fossil fuel," Biden added. FBN: BIDEN CLARIFIES FRACKING POSITION DURING PITTSBURGH SPEECH VideoThe former vice president's campaign says he only supports halting permits for oil and gas exploration, including fracking, on federal land. However, during remarks in Pittsburgh on Monday, Biden said, ""I am...
    On Monday, speaking in a warehouse in Pennsylvania, a state where many jobs have been gained because of fracking, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden snapped, “There’s a place for the energy workers right here in Pennsylvania. I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.” Here’s a look at some of the responses Biden has offered over the last couple of years about fracking: On January 24, 2020, speaking to a New Hampshire voter, Biden said he would stop fracking. The woman voter asked, “But like, what about, say, stopping fracking?” Biden answered, “Yes.” Woman voter: “And stopping pipeline infrastructure?” Biden: “Yes.” On March 15, 2020, a Democratic presidential debate between Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders was hosted by CNN, moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper. During that debate, there was this exchange: Sanders: What...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said he does not plan on banning fracking if he is elected president, Fox Business reports. During a Monday speech at Carnegie Mellon University, the Democratic presidential nominee made his position on fracking clear.  "I am not banning fracking," Biden said during the speech. "Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me." President Trump has alleged Biden will ban fracking, which is a controversial method of extracting natural gas from the ground using a horizontal drilling process that pumps water, sand and chemicals into the ground, fracturing rocks and releasing natural gas. Trump has claimed Bidens plan to ban fracking would destroy Pennsylvanias fracking and fossil fuel industries. During a primary debate held in March, Biden said he agreed with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., plan to eliminate fracking entirely. "So am I. No...
    Reuters August 31, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Monday that he would not ban hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of drilling for crude oil and natural gas, if elected and called Republican assertions that he supports such a ban a lie. The comment added a level of nuance to Biden’s energy platform, which includes an ambitious time line for transitioning the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels and an end to new oil and gas drilling leasing on federal lands to fight climate change. “I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me,” Biden said during a speech in western Pennsylvania, home to one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world. Pennsylvania is a battleground state ahead of the Nov. 3 election between Biden and Trump,...
    Joe Biden reiterated Monday he won't ban fracking if elected president. "I’m not for banning fracking. Let's say that again. I’m not for banning fracking — no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me,” Biden said during a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a key swing state and hub for the natural gas fracking boom. The Trump campaign has been running local television ads in Pennsylvania saying that Biden will ban fracking. Biden has only promised to end new fracking leases on federal lands, where only 13% of natural gas was produced in 2017. But he has struggled to overcome a gaffe during an exchange with Bernie Sanders in a March debate, in which Biden declared, “no new fracking.” A recent CBS poll found voters almost evenly split, along party lines, on supporting or opposing fracking. News Energy and Environment Fracking Joe Biden Natural Gas Pennsylvania
    CLAIM: Joe Biden claimed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “I am not banning fracking.” VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Biden has promised to ban fracking — repeatedly — as has his running mate. Biden said Monday — during a speech supposedly on violence: “I am not banning fracking. Let me say again: I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.” The problem, for Biden, is that he explicitly promised to ban fracking during the second Democratic Party presidential primary debate on July 31, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. CNN’s Dana Bash asked him the question directly: Bash: Thank you, Mr. Vice President. Just to clarify, would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration? Biden: No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil...
    (CNN)Joe Biden has a plan for addressing the crisis of climate change. One part of the plan pushes for moving America to carbon-free electricity by 2035. Another part speaks to creating new union jobs in clean energy. Conspicuously absent from his 15-page outline is a call to totally ban fracking, as demanded by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and some environmental groups. And you know why it's not there? Because people win national elections by promising to make jobs, not take jobs. Froma HarropTrue hydraulic fracturing, a technique for tapping oil and gas trapped in formations of shale rock, is a dirty business. It pollutes groundwater and emits methane gas, a powerful source of planet-warming emissions. But the end product is a fossil fuel. Biden would ban new fracking oil and gas permits on public lands and waters. What makes the calls for a total ban especially...
    If you think the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic was bad, be forewarned: the economic impact of former Vice President Joe Biden’s new climate change plan would make the last few months look like prosperity. Biden’s original climate change plan was to spend $1.7 trillion over a decade and phase out fossil fuels by 2050. But that plan was unveiled during the primary season, and since then the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has moved further left. Apparently, Biden’s earlier plan wasn’t extreme enough to please the far-left activists who surround him, so he went back to the drawing board and came up with something even more drastic. DANIEL TURNER: BIDEN’S HARMFUL RADICAL ENERGY PLAN PANDERS TO AOC AND OTHER FAR-LEFT EXTREMISTS FOR VOTE Released Tuesday, Biden’s new plan comes with a whopping $2 trillion price tag in the first four years and moves the deadline for switching...
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