In the Democratic Debate in Flint, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were asked for the first time on the debate stage about their positions on fracking. Sanders has always stated his opposition to the practice. The Clinton campaign, on the other hand, has avoided addressing this issue despite repeated requests from the Sanders campaign.
Clinton, who was credited for promoting fracking to the world during her tenure as a Secretary of State, didn’t deny her support for fracking, but stated that she would implement certain regulations and conditions to make it safer. She said:
“You know, I don’t support [fracking] when any locality or any state is against it, number one. I don’t support it when the release of methane or contamination of water is present. I don’t support it — number three — unless we can require that anybody who fracks has to tell us exactly what chemicals they are using.
So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place. And I think that’s the best approach, because right now, there places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated.
So first, we’ve got to regulate everything that is currently underway, and we have to have a system in place that prevents further fracking unless conditions like the ones that I just mentioned are met.”
The environmental group League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which endorsed Hillary Clinton, issued warnings about the potential impacts of fracking to drinking water sources and emphasized the importance of moving away from dirty fossil fuels.
— LCV (@LCVoters) July 14, 2015
However, LCV hasn’t commented on Clinton’s or Sanders’ positions on fracking, and which candidate’s position is more aligned with their mission for clean energy. After the debate, LCV issued a press release praising Hillary Clinton without any reference to the fracking debate that ensued earlier.
In the Univision Democratic Debate, Bernie Sanders reiterated his opposition to fracking and asked Hillary Clinton to “join [him] in ending fracking in the United States of America.” After the debate, LCV again ignored the subject in its press release.
What LCV failed to explain is whether Clinton’s proposed regulations and conditions for fracking are satisfactory. Does the organization believe that these regulations will be sufficient to prevent water contamination? Is LCV comfortable with the impact of “safer” fracking on climate change and greenhouse gases? And if that’s not the case, is LCV still comfortable with their endorsement of Hillary Clinton?
Most people do not understand what fracking is, how it works and what the risks associated with it are (I recommend the short video at the bottom of this article to readers). That’s why it’s very important for environmental organizations like LCV to provide awareness on this issue to potential voters. We reached out to LCV for comments on the issue, but they didn’t respond to our request.
I find this silence puzzling! I wonder, does LCV care about fracking anymore?