'Fracking is bad, actually': AOC responds to Kamala Harris insisting at debate that Biden won't ban it
Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared to be criticizing Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris for defending Joe Biden's fracking commitment during her debate with Mike Pence.
The progressive New York Democrat wrote on Twitter that "fracking is actually bad" after Ms. Harris defended Mr. Biden's climate plan during Wednesday night's debate.
While the California Senator, as a presidential candidate, called for a fracking ban, the party's climate plan proposed by the party's candidate does not propose a ban on hydraulic fracking.
Despite these proposals, Vice President Pence reiterated claims on Wednesday that a Biden government would ban the controversial drilling practice that has boosted power generation in a number of swing states.
However, drilling practice has proven controversial and requires the injection of liquid under high pressure underground to release natural gases.
Ms. Harris argued that a Biden administration would focus on creating new jobs in the "clean energy and renewable energy" sectors while preventing fracking from being banned.
"I will repeat, and the American people know that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. It is a fact," argued Ms. Harris, highlighting the candidate's belief in science.
The left of the Democratic Party has meanwhile called on Mr Biden to support a Green New Deal proposed by Mrs Ocasio-Cortez to tackle the climate crisis.
Mr Biden, in turn, has avoided supporting the proposals, while Trump tries to bind him to so-called "radical left" environmental policy.
In August he said: “I don't prohibit fracking. Let me say that again, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me, I will not ban fracking. "
The Democrat has previously argued that there has to be an “energy turnaround” and instead proposed possible restrictions on fracking permits and insurance.
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