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Earth to Biden: Stop Talking About Fracking

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One of President Donald Trump’s and Republicans’ favorite hobbyhorses on the campaign trail is the absurd notion that Joe Biden and Democrats would subject Americans to a “radical socialist Green New Deal.” The Grand Old Party wants voters to believe that Democrats are just one choice away from getting rid of hamburgers, vans and planes, sending utility bills through the roof and putting all workers on unemployment insurance. Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence tossed these known attacks against former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris during the presidential and vice presidential debates. While Data for Progress has observed that voters do indeed support Biden’s plan for a massive investment in clean energy jobs and don’t believe Trump and the Republicans’ Green New Deal cutbacks remain a key issue on fracking.

As a reminder, hydraulic fracking – also known as fracking – injects liquid into the earth to break up shale and release natural gas. A fracking boom set in in Pennsylvania’s resource-rich Marcellus Shale Formation in the mid-2000s. Backed by Obama-era politics – including a lot of cheap debt – the natural gas industry created over 10,000 jobs in Pennsylvania between 2007 and 2012. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This boom came with significant environmental and public health costs. Fracking requires large amounts of water – up to 9.6 million gallons per well, according to the US Geological Survey. Wastewater can contaminate surface water, while toxic chemicals have been found in aquifers that are involved in the extraction process. Fracking also publishes Harmful fumes This can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems, as well as cancer and birth defects. Research has shown that the injection of fracking fluid has caused earthquakes as large as 5.8 on the Richter scale. And while fracking was once called “Bridge fuelTo renewable energies, current studies suggest that methane flaring and fracking gas leakage may be greater than previously thought. In summary, this is not an ideal activity amid a respiratory pandemic and world historical climate crisis.

Unsurprisingly, fracking has become one of the defining themes in the battle for the 20 Pennsylvania electoral college vote that went to Obama in 2012 and was key to Trump’s narrow victory in 2016. They are aware that Trump and the Republicans are dying to brand Biden and Democrats as jobs. Biden and Harris killed hippies and made it clear several times that they would not ban fracking. (It doesn’t matter that a president can’t do that without Congress.)

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