Proposals To Ban Fracking Could Hurt Democrats In Key States
Top Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both call for a ban on fracking. This is the controversial technology that has helped create a major oil and gas boom which president trump often brags about on the campaign trail as voters in New Hampshire head to the polls today. NPR's Jeff Brady took a look at the debate over this divisive issue. Here's a message Bernie. Sanders was delivering even back during the 2016 campaign. We've got so put an end to that position. Is One reason. Olivia free. Wild was recently at the University of New Hampshire holding a clipboard and stopping students. Clementines I do. She's a volunteer with the New Hampshire Youth Movement and the Sunrise Movement which has endorsed Sanders. A student scrambled a class. I ask free. Walled about concerns than an anti fracking candidate could alienate moderate voters in the general election. She says she gets that that question. A lot especially from people in my parents generation. I just hear them being scared and I hear them not. Knowing the full scale tale of the crisis we're facing scientists warned that carbon emissions must be reduced quickly to avoid the worst effects of climate change for free walled and fellow activists. The solution and is a complete transition from fossil fuels. The oil industry has taken notice. We hear the noise. The energy debate of the chatter the American Petroleum Institute. TV Ad shows a millennial age man at a diner watching protesters in the street. Then it argues the oil and gas. The industry is part of the climate change solution to natural gas. The US is leading the way in reducing mission. That's true in the power. Our sector where natural gas is replacing carbon intensive coal fracking has made guest cheap and plentiful Mardi Durban with the US Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute says banning fracking would interrupt that progress and cost jobs that I five years. So you're going to lose. Nineteen million jobs around the country trie. That's based on a chamber. Study that predicts job losses well beyond oil and gas fracking ban supporters though. Imagine a much different future with a big big increase in renewable energy jobs. Durban and others in the oil industry aren't trying to change activists minds instead. They're focused on moderate and swing Ling voters. Who could decide the next election in a closely divided country. The middle of the electorate understands our needs for energy itself for it to be affordable for ought to be reliable and to clean. But there's a problem getting that message to moderate and swing voters now. Pollsters say they aren't really thinking about a candidate's climate. I'm it changed your energy policies. Mita Patel in suburban Philadelphia is a good example right now. She's undecided sure. Who is the other candidate that I'm comparing trump against Patel voted for trump in two thousand sixteen and Barack Obama before that asked about how a candidate's abuse on fracking will affect her choice. Tell says she's thinking more about the cost of health insurance now. That's the first thing because that does affect a lot more people people like energy and everything. It's going yes but everyday life is affected by health but in Pennsylvania natural gas is big business and trump won the state by less than a percentage point in two thousand sixteen democratic leaders worn a nominee that vows to ban fracking could lead to another trump. Win In this November. Jeffrey N._P._R.