Biden Denies His Previous Proposals Of Banning Fracking

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During Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s town hall on Thursday, Biden told potential voter Michele P. Ellison that he does not “propose banning fracking,” contradicting the many times he has proposed banning fracking.

“In a 2012 report of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics fracking was discussed and its possible implications for the waterways for the Commonwealth to the Gulf. Fracking has made the population sick and killed wildlife in Southwest Pennsylvania.” Ellison asked. “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and small business development centers have already begun to transition people away from fossil fuels. What industries that are not harmful to human health and the environment are you planning for Southwest Pennsylvania and the nation?”

Well first of all I make it clear, I do not propose banning fracking.” Biden said. “I think you have to make sure the fracking is in fact not admitting methane or polluting the well or dealing with what can be small earthquakes and how they’re drilling. So it has to be managed very, very well, number one.”

During the 2020 Democratic primaries, Biden said multiple times that he would ban fracking. For example, in January Biden told a New Hampshire voter that he would stop “fracking” and “pipeline infrastructure.”

A ban on fracking would devastate the economies of several battleground states including Pennsylvania. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Curtailing U.S. oil and gas production would be economically disastrous. At least $1 trillion of U.S. economic output is related to the shale revolution, and more than 1.5 million Americans are employed by the industry…. Democrats’ quest to eliminate these jobs would hurt them in the swing states they’ll need to win to unseat President Trump. Ohio and Michigan have a combined total of more than 400,000 workers in the shale industry. Pennsylvania has another 320,000. Colorado and Florida each have more than 200,000 workers in oil and gas.”