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The students Campbell to 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 question a lot especially from people in my parents generation I just hear them ng scared and I hear them not knowing the full scale of the crisis were facing scientists warn that carbon emissions must be reduced quickly to avoid the worst effects of climate change for free walled and fellow activist the solution is a complete transition from fossil fuels the oil industry has taken notice we hear the noise the energy debate under the chatter this 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 industry is part of the climate change solution and thanks to natural gas the US is leading the way in reducing emissions that's true in the power sector where natural gas is replacing carbon intensive call fracking his may gas cheap and plentiful Marty Durbin with the US chamber of commerce global energy institute says banning fracking would interrupt that progress and cost jobs the first five years so you're gonna lose nineteen million jobs around the country that's based on a chamber study that predicts job losses well beyond the oil and gas fracking ban supporters though imagine a much different future with a big increase in renewable energy jobs Durbin and others in the oil industry are trying to change activist mines instead they're focused on moderate and swing voters who could decide the next election in a closely divided country the middle of the electorate understands our need for energy itself for it to be affordable for to be reliable in port to be clean but there's a problem getting that message to moderate and swing voters now pollsters say they're really thinking about a candidate's climate change your energy policies meter Patel in suburban Philadelphia is a good example right now she's undecided I want to make sure who is the other candidate that I'm comparing trouble against Patel voted for trump in twenty sixteen Barack Obama before that asked about how a candidate's views 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 like energy and everything it's going yeah but every day life is affected by health but in Pennsylvania and natural gas is big business and trump won the state by less than a percentage point in twenty sixteen democratic leaders warn a nominee that vows to ban fracking could lead to another trump when this