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At the final presidential debate on Thursday night, climate change is on the short list of expected topics—and the question could put Democratic nominee Joe Biden in a tough spot. The 2020 campaign season has been dominated by pressure from the party’s left wing for anti-development policies like a national fracking ban but taking back the Senate will require picking up seats in the West, where voters are supportive energy production.
A nationwide ban on fracking would have significant negative impacts on America’s economy including decreases in household income, job losses and GDP decline according to a new industry study this week. The American Petroleum Institute (API) warned Thursday that a nationwide fracking ban like the ones proposed by several Democratic presidential candidates would lead to 7.5 million lost jobs by 2022 and painful increases to the cost of living for American families.
Anti-fossil fuel group Resilient Denver has proposed a ban on fracking in the city and county and enlisted the help of an allied group that has pushed several ballot initiatives targeting the oil and gas industry in Colorado in recent years.
A national hydraulic fracturing ban being pushed by Democratic presidential candidates would hit Colorado and New Mexico especially hard, according to a new report released by the Global Energy Institute at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
On Tuesday, House Democrats rejected a resolution that would have affirmed state primacy over the regulation of hydraulic fracking. H. Res. 659 also affirmed opposition to any president unilaterally declaring a fracking moratorium on Federal lands.