Democrats and fossil fuels

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — What will America look like if either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is elected president?

Based on their attitude toward hydraulic fracturing — the technique used to increase oil and gas production — count on higher energy prices, lower energy reliability, fewer American jobs and the United States returning to the vulnerable position of relying on foreign governments — some hostile — for its energy supply.

“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,” Clinton said March 6 at a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan.

Sanders was more emphatic: “No, I do not support fracking,” he said at the debate. “I talk to scientists who tell me fracking is doing terrible things to water systems all over this country.”

Not sure which scientists Sanders talks to, but an Environmental Protection Agency draft assessment released last June said: “We did not find evidence that these [fracking] mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States…

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