Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has made his pick and it is a candidate who made it clear in the Democratic primary, she will support a total ban of hydraulic fracturing.
“”There is no question I am in favor of banning fracking,”said Kamala Harris during a September 2019 town hall.
Biden, who announced Harris on Tuesday as the choice for his running-mate isn’t so adamant about doing away with fracking as a way to fight climate change. So the two will have to resolve their differences and it will likely mean Harris will soften her stance against fracking.
President Donald Trump wasted no time Tuesday issuing his first energy attack line on the nomination, knocking Harris’ opposition to fracking and petroleum products. “How do you do that and go into Pennsylvania or Ohio or Oklahoma or the great state of Texas?” Trump said at his coronavirus briefing Tuesday.
During one of the Democratic events in recent months, Harris said she would start by taking execution action on “day one” to ban fracking on public lands. Then she would move to have Congress pass legislation to extend the ban to private lands.
She had urged other Democratic candidates to follow her call to ban fracking for natural gas on public and private lands and eliminate off-shore drilling.
Harris is also a candidate who wants to eliminate the filibuster in the U.S. Senate in order to pass a Green New Deal, calling climate change “an existential threat to who we are as human beings.”
Before giving up her bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination, Harris was advised by Michele Flournoy who was a career Pentagon official who repeatedly urged increasing domestic fossil fuel extraction as a key part of U.S. foreign policy.