From Grist: http://grist.org/article/bernie-sanders-is-the-only-presidential-candidate-to-oppose-fracking/
By Rebecca Leber
28 Jan 2016
This story was originally published by The New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
isn’t much daylight these days between the Democratic candidates on the
environment. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley all
agree that humans are responsible for climate change and that it’s one
of the world’s most pressing problems. To that end, they support clean
energy tax breaks, reject drilling in the Arctic, and oppose the
(now-rejected) Keystone XL pipeline.
there’s one environmental issue where Sanders truly stands apart: He
wants to ban hydraulic fracturing outright. Clinton and O’Malley have
proposed lesser measures, and show no sign of going further. That’s an
indication of just how radical Sanders’ stance really is, but it also
raises an important question: Is a fracking ban remotely plausible?
There used to be more daylight between the candidates, especially Sanders and Clinton. The Vermont senator has long called for “a
political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires,
accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people
before the profits of polluters” — and he’s taken early, decisive
stances in support of many of the environmental movement’s top demands
before he ever launched his presidential campaign.
Clinton has followed Sanders’ lead to the left. She came out against the Keystone XL pipeline just months before President Barack Obama rejected it. She knocked the dangers of Arctic drilling last
August, as Shell faced increasing scrutiny and abandoned its
exploratory drilling just one month later. And she opposed Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
on the grounds it would hurt American jobs and wages, but the move
earned her points with green groups who opposed the deal for other
reasons. That’s not an exhaustive list of every issue environmentalists
care about, but it was enough to earn the Clinton campaign an
endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters.
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