1. David,

    Glad you could make time to write this great column.

    I applaud your consistent efforts to bring attention to the Obama Administration’s efforts — hastened by Secretary of State Clinton — to export our poisonous fracking technology.

    Here is the portion of the Flint Michigan Democratic Debate from 3/6/16 that addresses the issue of fracking:

    The issue of climate change has been a major talking point for both of you. I wanted to bring in Sarah Bellaire, she’s a student at the University of Michigan at Dearborn who says she’s currently undecided.

    Ms. Bellaire has a question on fracking, which, for viewers, is a process of oil and gas drilling that’s led to a significant increase in American energy production and jobs, but also raises serious environmental concerns.

    Sarah, your question is for Secretary Clinton, but you’ll both be able to weigh in. Sarah?

    QUESTION: Fracking can lead to environmental pollution including, but not limited to, the contamination of water supply. Do you support fracking?

    COOPER: Secretary Clinton?

    CLINTON: You know, I don’t support it when any locality or any state is against it, number one. I don’t support it when the release of methane or contamination of water is present. I don’t support it — number three — unless we can require that anybody who fracks has to tell us exactly what chemicals they are using.

    So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place. And I think that’s the best approach, because right now, there places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated.

    So first, we’ve got to regulate everything that is currently underway, and we have to have a system in place that prevents further fracking unless conditions like the ones that I just mentioned are met.

    COOPER: Senator Sanders, you…

    SANDERS: My answer — my answer is a lot shorter. No, I do not support fracking.


    And by the way — by the way, Anderson, I’m glad you raised the issue of climate change, because the media doesn’t talk enough about what the scientists are telling us, and that is, if we don’t get our act together…


    … the planet that we’re gonna leave our children may not be healthy and habitable. I have introduced the most comprehensive climate change legislation in the history of the Senate, which, among other things, calls for a tax on carbon, massive investments…


    … in energy efficiency, wind, solar and other sustainable energy.

    COOPER: Senator…

    SANDERS: This is a crisis we have got to deal with now.

    COOPER: Senator Sanders, though…


    … to Secretary Clinton’s point, there are a number of Democratic governors in many states who say that fracking can be done safely, and that it’s helping their economies. Are they wrong?

    SANDERS: Yes.


    You know — you know, one of the differences — look, Secretary Clinton — and I’ve said this before, and I admit it — she has the support of all the governors — Democratic — all the Senators, all the Congressmen. I don’t. I am not part of that establishment. I plead guilty.


    I happen to be a member of the Environmental Committee. I have talked to scientists all over the world. And what they are telling me — if we don’t get our act together, this planet could be 5 to 10 degrees warmer by the end of this century — cataclysmic problems for this planet.

    This is a national crisis. And I talk to scientists who tell me that fracking is doing terrible things to water systems all over this country. We have gotta be bold now. We gotta transform our energy system to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. We’ve gotta do it yesterday.

    • Thank you, the transcript wasn’t available last night when I looked. Rereading it, I think her stated conditions are pretty weak. For example, chemical disclosure is happening but in a way that prevents regular folk from knowing the chemicals because supposedly there are trade secret considerations. Whether a local area has a ban is weak because most areas don’t develop enough political oomph to get a ban in place, and then some states have instituted bans on banning fracking. It’s maddening.

  2. I think Clinton knew exactly what she was saying, for the reasons you observe. First, unless it is banned federally, it is going to be allowed in the majority of states, and expressly without right to local prevention: therefore, her statement about local desire is without weight. Second, there will not be opportunity to force chemical disclosure because the refusal to disclose has been upheld as a trade secret (BTW: the hell it is, it’s primarily sea-water, diesel, and mud). Third, as to not supporting it “when the release of methane or contamination of water is present”: well, it’s a little goddamn late by then, isn’t it?

    This is a perfect example of why Clinton is a duplicitous skunk thoughtful people can’t trust.

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