Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Darren Soto (D-Fla) yesterday introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would implement a national fracking ban. This legislation serves as a companion bill to Senate legislation recently proposed by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore). Sen. Sanders has also vowed to eliminate fracking, potentially through executive order, should he win the 2020 presidential election.
Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition:
“The proposed legislation to implement a nationwide fracking ban is both concerning and short-sighted. The United States is experiencing an unprecedented energy resurgence, producing record amounts of natural gas in both the Marcellus and Permian formations and supporting millions of family-sustaining American jobs. Increased use of cleaner-burning natural gas for power generation has played a key role in reducing U.S. carbon emissions over the past decade. Rather than proposing legislation that would severely limit American energy production, policymakers should welcome further energy development and infrastructure investment in order to provide reliable, affordable energy to American consumers, ensure our nation’s energy security, and bolster the global energy market.”