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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.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s statement this week that he would not ban fracking if elected president was met with silence from environmental groups opposing oil and natural gas as they are seemingly unwilling to undercut his campaign.

Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden once again said he would ban the production of oil and natural gas on public lands if elected during a debate in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night.

Anti-fracking activists at the "March for Science" on April 22. Source: Colorado Independent,

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.


Environmental activists who were arrested for breaking the law while protesting at the Colorado state capital last week ahead of Governor Jared Polis’ annual State of the State address are receiving financial help from leading liberal figures.


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.


A new poll out from the Center for Western Priorities shows that a majority of Coloradans support responsible oil and natural gas development in the state. Support for production stood at 53 percent while “keep in the ground” policies stood at only 19 percent.