Throughout their campaign, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris denied that they would move to ban the decades-old oil-and-gas recovery technique known as “hydraulic fracturing” – “fracking,” for short.
“I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking,” declared Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a speech in Pittsburgh in late August. “No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.”
During a debate with President Trump in October, Biden claimed again that he wouldn’t ban fracking, adding that he never said he would in the first place – a lie so blatant even CNN fact-checked the former vice president:
Facts First: It’s false that Biden never said he opposed fracking. In two Democratic primary debates, Biden made confusing remarks over fracking that his campaign had to clarify. In 2019, Biden said “we would make sure it’s eliminated” when asked about the future of coal and fracking; in 2020 he said he opposed “new fracking.”
But then the outlet went on to make a distinction without a difference, really:
Biden’s written plan, conversely, never included a full ban on fracking or even on new fracking. Rather, it proposes “banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters” — not ending all new fracking anywhere or ending all existing fracking on public lands and waters. Harris also denied that Biden wanted to ban fracking.
“I will repeat, and the American people know, that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact,” she said during her debate with former Vice President Mike Pence.
Of course, the fracking issue was important because a couple of important states – Pennsylvania and Ohio – depend on fracking for a lot of jobs and revenue.
And let’s be clear: Biden and Harris were both saying unequivocally that no, there would be no fracking ban.
As it turns out, that was a lie – and it became a lie on the same day those two were sworn in.
“President Biden promised to end all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands when was a candidate,” a reporter asked. “Does the administration still have that commitment today? To end that lease?”
“We do and the leases will be reviewed by our team we just have only been in office for less than a day now,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
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