Bernie’s Fracking Ban Would Harm the Economy, Environment, and Election Chances

Bernie’s Fracking Ban Would Harm the Economy, Environment, and Election Chances

Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont is up to more mischief besides running for president and snoring his way through the Senate impeachment trial. The Hill Newspaper is reporting that Bernie has filed a bill that would ban fracking. Sanders tweeted about the bill and included a video of actor and environmental extremist Mark Ruffalo talking about the federal ban.

“I don’t mind if @MarkRuffalo spoils his own movies. But please, don’t ruin the surprise of our new legislation with Rep. @AOC, @SenJeffMerkley and @RepDarrenSoto. I don’t want the dirty fracking industry CEOs to know what hit them.”

Not surprisingly, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, Bernie’s fellow socialist and campaign wingman, is a co-sponsor of the bill. The text of the bill is currently unavailable, but presumably, it does as the title suggests, bans hydraulic fracking.

Fracking is a method of extracting oil and natural gas from shale formations that involve injecting fluids to force the fossil fuel product to the surface. Fracking has transformed America’s energy economy to such an extent that the United States has become an oil and gas exporter. The dark times of being subjected to oil embargos and price shocks because of turmoil in the Middle East are now distant memories.

According to a spokesperson for the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry is not amused. “Banning a safe, successful method of developing energy would erase a generation of American energy progress and in the process destroy millions of U.S. jobs, spike household energy costs and hurt farmers and manufacturers.”

Aside from all of those things, a ban on fracking would be a wonderful idea. Bernie and others who are pushing the Green New Deal want to ban not only fracking but all oil and gas drilling, the theory being that only then America would turn to renewable energy, primarily wind and solar. Thus, climate change due to greenhouse gasses would be eliminated and civilization would be saved, albeit much the worst for wear.

Fox Business noted that a study conducted by the Global Energy Institute suggested that a fracking ban would cost 14.8 million American jobs. The Sanders campaign dismisses the analysis, claiming that part of the ban would involve five years of public assistance for displaced oil and gas workers.

Other analysts have noted that Bernie’s fracking ban would harm the environment, at least in the short term. The reason is that natural gas is a relatively clean-burning fossil fuel. Cheap natural gas, brought on by fracking, has displaced dirtier ways of creating energy, particularly coal.

Bernie’s master plan also ignores an emerging technology called carbon capture. Forbes notes an experimental prototype power plant now operating in La Porte, Texas that does not emit any carbon dioxide. Instead, the plant, operated by NET Energy, uses the CO2 to turn the turbines and then sequesters it for later sale to industrial users. Sanders has dismissed carbon capture as an environmentally benign approach since it preserves the fossil fuel industry.

Most ominous of all, from the point of view of Democrats, Bernie’s fracking ban is an election loser. New York Magazine notes that Pennsylvania Democrats have concluded that any presidential candidate who supports a fracking ban, such as Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, is likely to lose the state to President Donald Trump. Too many union workers would lose their jobs under the plan and would vote for their economic interests.

The Trump administration, by contrast, has encouraged fracking as a means of strengthening the American economy and achieving energy independence. Trump’s promise to unleash domestic American energy production from the restrictions of the Obama era was rewarded with plenty of votes of energy states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, key states that the president captured in 2016. His success promises to reap similar dividends, in the view of political pundits, in 2020.

Bernie is undaunted by the facts surrounding his fracking ban proposal. Fracking, in his view, is “dirty” and must be eliminated forthwith. He intends to run on the proposal, painting the oil and gas industry as “enemies of the people.” Sanders’ energy and environmental proposals are seen as so radical that they are certain to doom any chance he might have of being elected president.


12 thoughts on “Bernie’s Fracking Ban Would Harm the Economy, Environment, and Election Chances

  1. With what you stupid retarded demon-rats stand for you will loose, Fight and get this out,now,You stupid Democrats killed the water to hydrogen inventor why? I hope you know your damnation is in hell, Hillary said in 2005 ( that the average democrat voter is just plain stupid, they are so easy to manipulate, that’s the easy part ),It looks like Trump is an oil company stooge to selling us out, you stupid retarded Trump, The only thing that will bring us out of this depression is free energy, hydrogen from water, you can make all the hydrogen, as you drive from a tank of water, you know our space shuttles,are powered by hydrogen / oxygen made from water, tell every one not buy a new car / truck, to boycott the auto company’s, when they can’t sell their pieces of junk low mileage vehicles, they will have to bring out water to hydrogen powered vehicles, and kits to change the vehicles now that we have, just think what our world would be like with free energy. a Porge vapor carburetor sitting in the patient office that gets around 200 mpg, Volkswagen diesel gets 264 mpg, The water to hydrogen auto inventor wouldn’t sell out to the demons from hell oil company’s so the Democrat gov. had him murdered with plutonium poisoning, we are getting ripped off by the oil company owned auto company’s Don’t you think it’s time to take our world back.Once free energy gets out all prices for every thing will drop.
    Also audit all the Senator’s and congressmen, they have wasted, and stole our money, make them repay all, and tax them.
    The economy will never get better, as long as free energy doesn’t come out, and all your dreams will fade away, so spread the word, stop buying new autos and trucks.

  2. sanders is a bonafide lunatic who actually thinks he will be part of the ruling class and the rest of us will be his peasants. This moron thinks the government should tell you what to do with your money, your children, what to do for a living, where you can go and where you can’t go, when to sleep-when to wakeup — EVERY phase of your life will be dictated to you. Now ban fracking which has helped moved our economy ahead of the rest of the world and co-sponsored by that total worthless POS from NYC –cortez. That should tell you all –all you need to know about these 2. They want the U.S. back in the 1800s. The only thing these 2 should be allowed to run for is the village idiot position.

  3. Thought Mark Ruffalo was a good actor, but did not realize how good until I saw what an anti-American piece of bad news for America and We The People! Always knew Bernie was evil, and cannot understand Americans being so faithful to a died in the wool communist. This is not Russia and we do not want it to be. Relocate to Russia Bernie — we do not need you and your policies in America.

  4. This treacherous traitorous commie should stick to enriching all his relatives, bankrupting collages and naming post offices. That he’s suckered so many useful idiots to his cause is a sad commentary to the state of the Democratic Party-run government-sponsored educational system in this country.

  5. Green New Deal.
    If anyone is paying attention this goes to show you why Bernie has not and will not be President.
    Here he sits and tells anyone who buys his bs that fossil fuels are the worst blah blah blah.
    Ok Bernie please explain how you spent 1.2 million dollars on private jets last quarter, LAST QUARTER!!!
    Hypocrite. He is straight full of SCHIFF!!!!!!

  6. Bernie, please move to Venezuela, permanently!!
    You will be in your version of heaven or hell, you pick, Bernie.
    For a man who never worked a day in his life, yet amassed 4 or 5 each million dollar homes, flies around in Executive jets and hefty checking account, while spouting a 20th century long discredited government system as answer to the Americas needs, Bernie you are either a fraud or an idiot.
    To think the people of Vermont voted you into office as Senator, speaks ill of the intelligence of the people of your State.

  7. I think the truth in all of this is NOT harmful. Ban on fracking could save our earth as we know it, along with out National Parks.
    It’s a shame that you all are so biased and blind to see the truth no mater who it is.

  8. His ban would also put a great many people out of work and be detrimental to our economy. Bernie has declared climate change a worldwide emergency. I f he truly believes that he should go try to sell it to Communist China because I for one am not buying it.

  9. The only people who really benefit from the Fracking is the Oil Moguls and the investors. The taxpayers will end up paying for the damages. All the people that support fracking need to become fully educated of the problems that fracking present, and not make ignorant comments.
    Fracking will increased Water Pollution: Although above we said that the general quality of air would be improved if more people used gas as opposed to coal or oil, fracking could actually end up leading to more pollution in general. Because fracking uses so much water (as much as 100 times what other, conventional drilling uses to get to gas and oil deposits), it has been linked to a decrease in the water supplies in and around areas where fracking has taken place. As well as an increase in water pollution in areas where fracking is taking place, noise pollution is on the rise. Fracking is a very loud process and goes on for ages. For people living very close to places where fracking is taking place – since it can take place almost anywhere, including areas that are otherwise highly populated – the constant noise of heavy vehicles coming and going for days on end can have a huge impact on daily lives. Light pollution can be a problem for those who live close to places where fracking is taking place, too, particularly because fracking does not stop, but goes throughout the day and the night.
    Increased Spread of Toxins: Fracking companies are not yet legally obliged to disclose what sort of chemicals they are putting into their water mix – all we know is that water is being mixed with sand and certain chemicals to make fracking easier and more efficient. However, because people do not know what sort of chemicals are being used, people living close to places where fracking is taking place cannot protect themselves from specific chemicals. Scientists cannot even begin to start predicting what problems might occur because of the introduction of chemicals into the environment because they do not know what they are dealing with.

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