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Clinton's Fracking Flip-Flop

- April 14, 2016

FLIP: In March, Clinton Claimed That If She Is Elected, There Won't "Be Many Places Where Fracking Would Continue To Take Place"

During A March Democratic Debate, Clinton Said Fracking Was "Not Sufficiently Regulated," And Under A Clinton Presidency, There Wouldn't "Be Many Places In America Where Fracking Will Continue To Take Place." CLINTON: "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 are 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." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Primary Debate, Flint, MI, 3/6/16)

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Clinton Told Climate Activists In February That She Supported Imposing A Moratorium Of Fossil Fuel Development On Federal Lands, Including On Fracking, Calling It "A Done Deal." "Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, a 350 Action organizer, approached Clinton after the New Hampshire debate on Thursday night and asked her, 'Would you ban extraction on public lands?' 'Yeah, that's a done deal,' Clinton said, as though her position were obvious. Afterward, she told another 350 activist that she agrees with 'where the president is moving. No future extraction.' Adam Greenberg asked her in a third video on Friday while campaigning in New Hampshire, 'Would you end all oil, coal, and gas leases on federal lands?' Clinton said, 'I want to impose a moratorium ... because there are legal issues you have to go through, you know all of that, but I would support a moratorium.'" (Rebecca Leber, "Hillary Clinton's Leftward Shift On Climate," New Republic, 2/6/16)

But Clinton's Carefully Worded Statements Have Left Her Wiggle Room, And PolitiFact Rated A Claim That Clinton "Continues 'To Support Fracking" As "Mostly True." "Sanders said that Clinton supported and continues 'to support fracking.' As secretary of state, Clinton supported and promoted fracking around the world. As a 2016 candidate, her support comes with conditions such as local choice, stronger environmental regulation and chemicals. Sanders' claim is accurate but needs additional information. We rate it Mostly True." (Linda Qui, "Does Hillary Clinton Support Fracking?," PolitiFact, 4/13/16)

  • "Clinton's Three Conditions Would Uphold Existing Bans And Add New Ones To The Mix. But They Wouldn't Amount To A Universal Ban." (Linda Qui, "Does Hillary Clinton Support Fracking?,"PolitiFact, 4/13/16)

Flop: Clinton Previously Lauded The Benefits Of Fracking And As Secretary Of State Encouraged Other Countries To Engage In The Practice

At Harry Reid's 2014 Energy Summit , Clinton Said That "The Boom In Domestic Natural Gas Production Is An Example Of American Innovation Changing The Game." CLINTON: "There are challenges here to be sure. But the boom in domestic gas production is an example of American innovation changing the game, and if we do it right, it can be good for both the environment and our economy." (Daryl Elliot, "NCES 7.0 Summary Report: Full Speech From Hillary Clinton," Clean Technica, 9/8/14)

  • Clinton Said That Increased Natural Gas Production "Is Creating Tens Of Thousands Of New Jobs And Lower Costs." CLINTON: "With the right safeguards in place, gas is cleaner than coal and expanding production is creating tens of thousands of new jobs and lower costs are helping give the United States a big competitive advantage in energy-intensive industries." (Daryl Elliot, "NCES 7.0 Summary Report: Full Speech From Hillary Clinton," Clean Technica, 9/8/14)

In Hard Choices, Clinton Lauded Natural Gas Development For Creating "Tens Of Thousands Of New Jobs" And Giving The U.S. A Competitive Advantage Over Other Economies. "The boom in domestic energy production, especially in natural gas, created major economic and strategic opportunities for our country. Expanded energy production created tens of thousands of new jobs, from oil rigs in North Dakota to wind turbine factories in South Carolina. Cheap and plentiful natural gas is helping drive down costs for energy-intensive manufacturers and giving the United States a big competitive advantage over places like Japan and Europe, where energy prices remain much higher." (Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices, 2014, p. 522)

In 2010, Clinton's State Department Founded The Global Shale Gas Initiative, Which "Has Been Advising Many Foreign Countries On Fracking." "The State Department's Global Shale Gas Initiative, begun in 2010, has been advising many foreign countries on fracking. It has organized a half-dozen trips this year for foreign officials to meet with American energy experts and to visit drilling sites in the United States." (Ian Urbina, "Hunt For Gas Hits Fragile Soil, And South Africans Fear Risks," The New York Times, 12/30/11)

In A 2010 Energy Summit With Foreign Ministers, Clinton Said "The United States Will Promote The Use Of Shale Gas" And Offered The Aid Of The U.S. Geological Survey To Assist Countries In Developing Their Shale Resources.

CLINTON: "Sixth, the United States will promote the use of shale gas. Now, I know that in some places is controversial. But natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel available for power generation today, and a number of countries in the Americas may have shale gas resources. If developed, shale gas could make an important contribution to our region's energy supply, just as it does now for the United States. And the geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey are ready to work with partners to explore this potential. And we want to do it in a way that is as environmentally respectful as possible." (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Energy And Climate Partnership Of The Americans Ministerial, Washington, DC, 4/15/10)


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