Spewing hot air about fracking

sandersFor the past seven years, Republicans have developed a reputation as the party of “No,” but at Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders looked ready to usurp the mantle.

After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a lengthy answer explaining her position on hydraulic fracturing, Sanders responded with a quick, “No. I do not support fracking.”

Presumably he also does not support cheaper energy, tens of thousands of blue collar jobs or gasoline below $2 per gallon.

Sanders even took aim at the Democratic governors who have argued that fracking can be done safely and helps the local economy. You would think that a self-proclaimed socialist would praise the well-paying, working-class jobs that grow in the shale fields across our nation, or recognize how a 60 percent drop in natural gas prices has helped working families afford electricity and heating. Instead he’s treating fracking as nothing more than a wedge issue. For a man who isn’t establishment, Sanders sure is acting like a politician.

Fracking is more complex than a “yes” or “no,” and Texans know well the risks and rewards that come from energy extraction. The oil and gas industry doesn’t do itself favors when it erects a brick wall to all criticism, but politicians and activists like Sanders ignore reality when they cast fracking as an unmitigated evil.

Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, another Democrat, pointed out last year that actual instances of direct harm from fracking are few.

“We can’t find examples in Colorado, or more than one or two examples, where fracking, in any sense, has caused harm or been sufficiently dangerous to the public that would justify us to ban it,” Hickenlooper said in an interview with Colorado Public Radio last year.

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    Amber

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    Sanders says he is opposed to Fracking . Which means despite no proof it is actually harmful given the alternatives ,he is saying in effect, he supports much higher energy prices .
    Isn’t he supposed to care about the poor and down trodden ? Now he openly says he in effect supports higher energy prices which are like a pay cut to those he claims to represent . That’s the same thing Obama said and we all know how fast his “legacy ” will be forgotten . No wonder Trump has the following he does .
    People are tired of politically correct politcians
    and especially those fossils imbedded for decades in the dysfunctional mess of USA
    governance . The Bern is going to lose because most people are not socialist in the USA .

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    Erica Carlson

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    Amber

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    Sanders rants a lot about the things he doesn’t support yet he is a part of the political machine for 30 years that created it .

    As a socialist has he announced what he would nationalize ? We know he has no problem with much higher energy costs which will harm the people he likes to claim he represents .
    It is a mute point in any respect, Hillary will clean his clock and he can drift back into obscurity huffing and puffing .

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