Sen. Bernie Sanders announced yesterday that if elected for 2020 U.S. President, his administration would only be made up of officials who, like him, oppose all fracking and fossil fuel development.
Part of his Green New Deal (https://berniesanders.com/issues/green-new-deal/) talks in detail as to his beliefs, actions, and motives when it comes to transitioning to cleaner energy:
Fracking and mountaintop removal coal mining are two particularly harmful methods used to extract fossil fuels. They make surrounding communities less healthy and less safe. They must be immediately banned. Congress’ decision in 2015 to lift the ban on exporting fossil fuels was a mistake. We must no longer export any fossil fuels. Our coal and natural gas are contributing to increased emissions abroad. We will also end the importation of fossil fuels to end incentives for extraction around the world. We can meet our energy needs and ensure energy security and independence without these imports.
To show his dedication to climate action, he was the first candidate to sign this pledge created by Food & Water Action.
BREAKING @BernieSanders is the first presidential candidate to sign our pledge to only appoint relevant staff that oppose all fracking and new fossil fuel development. #BanFracking https://t.co/hMNPMj7K0V— Food & Water Action (@fwaction) September 12, 2019
This comes at a time when President Trump and his administration are rolling back environmental regulations and has created a California fracking plan that is dangerous to the environment and has the state fighting back.
“This bill is all about California fighting the Trump administration’s plan to frack and drill in some of our most beautiful federal protected lands and national monuments,” said Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Rolling Hills Estates) who recently created a bill to block the Trump administration from allowing new oil and gas wells in national parks and wilderness areas throughout California.