Where Do Hillary And Trump Stand On Banning Fracking?

Well, according to the Daily Caller, they’ve swapped positions

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton just switched positions with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, this week by supporting a state Supreme Court ruling which prohibits local governments from banning the process.

Trump told reporters in Colorado last Friday that he supports fracking in general, but thinks local governments should be able to ban the process. In Colorado, environmentalists have been pushing local governments to ban fracking, despite a Colorado Supreme Court ruling.

“I am not an expert on the Colorado constitution, and what I’m told is that the basis for the Colorado court’s decision was a Colorado constitutional one,” Clinton told a local reporter Wednesday. “I have long been in favor of states and cities within states making up their own minds whether or not they want to permit fracking.”

I’m not quite sure how that is switching positions, because Hillary seems to be of the opinion that municipalities should be able to ban fracking, same as Trump. I suppose it is because Democrats very much support cities being able to ban fracking locally, because Democrats are rather unhinged on the subject, and love to scaremonger the subject. Except for

Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former geologist, has bucked his own political party to oppose these local fracking bans for years, often fighting with the state’s environmentalists.

When The Denver Post asked Hickenlooper why he thought Trump was wrong, the governor responded, “if you turn over total responsibility to the local communities, they are subject to the voters who aren’t anywhere near the (fracking site) but will, in many cases … vote to ban any oil and gas activity at all.”

I’m not sure why they didn’t ask why Hillary was wrong, as well.

Anyhow, what are their ultimate positions on fracking? Hillary seemed to have a change of heart when challenged by Bernie Sanders, claiming that there needs to be massive regulations on it, despite supporting it in developing countries. She has all sorts of nuance when it comes to fracking. Does she support federal government regulations with the ability to ban? She has no position on that that I can find. It should be noted that she was just fundraising with frackers.

Her website says virtually nothing on the subject.

As for Trump, by all accounts, he’s pretty supportive of fracking.

So, the question here is, should municipalities be able to ban fracking within their city limits? Democrats says “yes”, especially in Colorado, but, their position is based on their unhinged derangement regarding fracking, all the scary things they say it will do. I’d say yes, based on the notion of the people of the cities making the decision, rather than having it thrust upon them by elected officials.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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