by Steve Milloy, Senior Policy Fellow and Junkscience.com Founder
As appearing on RealClear Markets
Joe Biden says he wouldn’t ban fracking. But the Democratic National Committee’s climate advisory panel, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, says fracking should be banned. What are we to believe?
Biden is the candidate, of course, and the position should be his to stake out. But there’s a lot more at play.
Fracking is a key issue in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan where hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs depend the largely state-governed process of producing oil from shale rock formations.
During the primary campaign, Biden flip-flopped back and forth on banning fracking, finally alighting on an intermediary position where he wouldn’t ban fracking outright but would act to limit it on federally-owned lands.