America’s economic prosperity has largely been fueled — no pun intended — by a boom in oil and natural gas production, particularly by way of a relatively new technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which allows for the extraction of fossil fuels from areas where it was once deemed unreachable.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden previously called for a ban on new fracking and an eventual elimination of the practice altogether, indicating there would be no place for fossil fuels in his administration, according to Breitbart. But now, it seems the former vice president is flipping his stance.
Biden’s latest reversal
Breitbart reported Tuesday that Biden denounced fracking as recently as last summer, when he was asked directly during a Democratic primary debate hosted by CNN: “Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?”
“No, we would work it out,” the former vice president told moderator Dana Bash in July 2019. “We would make sure it is eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those. Any fossil fuel.”
President Donald Trump, in comparison, is a strong supporter of fracking, and his campaign has rightly called out Biden for opposing the generally safe and relatively clean method.
It seems the former VP has finally given in.
“I will not ban fracking”
In a recent interview with a local news station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — a state where fracking represents a substantial portion of the economy and jobs — Biden insisted that he’d never called for an end to fracking.
“I never told environmentalists that I’m going to ban fracking,” he said, according to Breitbart. “No 1. No 2, it’s a flat lie about what President Trump is saying.”
Biden added: “What I did say was I would make sure that any new fracking taking place — make sure the water supply and methane was not leaking. They’re the two things. That’s it. I will not ban fracking.”
Which is it?
That response appears to be in conflict with Biden’s plan for a “clean energy revolution,” as described on his campaign website. That plan lays out how the Green New Deal — which would ultimately do away with fracking — would serve as the framework for the Biden administration’s climate-related actions.
The plan calls for “100% clean energy” and “net-zero emissions” within the next two decades, which would include a shift to 100% clean and renewable energy production, as well as “banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters” and “modifying royalties to account for climate costs,” both of which would rapidly put fracking out of business.
So which is it, Joe?