Kamala Harris Calls for National Fracking Ban, Joining Bernie Sanders in Benchmark Climate Action Stance

September 5, 2019

Statement of Mitch Jones, Climate and Energy Policy Director, Food & WaterAction

For Immediate Release – Sept. 4, 2019

Contact: Seth Gladstone – sgladstone[at]fwwatch[dot]org, 917.363.6615

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, at a forum hosted and televised by CNN, Senator Kamala Harris stated explicitly for the first time that she support a national ban on fracking, the controversial oil and gas extraction method tied to air and water contamination and human health effects where it occurs. In response, Food & Water Action Climate and Energy Policy Director Mitch Jones issued the following statement:

“We’re pleased that Kamala Harris has joined Bernie Sanders in clearly calling for a national ban on fracking. Any serious plan to address the climate crisis must include an immediate ban on all fracking. Hundreds of studies have confirmed the inherent risks that fracking poses to our air, our water, our health and our climate. Fracking is responsible for a large majority of the oil and gas extraction occurring in America today. Any hope of avoiding a future of catastrophic climate chaos requires a quick halt to fossil fuel development and a rapid transition to a completely clean, renewable energy economy. This transition must begin with a ban on fracking everywhere.

“We are heartened to hear of Senator Harris’s support for a fracking ban, but she must now prioritize this critical policy position in her campaign moving forward, and in the U.S. Senate right now.”

Food & Water Action (FWA) was the first national organization in America to call for a national ban on fracking. FWA mobilizes people to build political power to move bold & uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.