Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Democrats Renege on Environment Pledges?

Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris called to end subsidies for the oil and gas sector during the primaries.  Biden has said that he would end new oil and gas permits on public lands but has stopped short of calling for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, the drilling technique dubbed fracking.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has dropped from its party platform a demand for no more oil and gas subsidies and tax breaks, Huffington Post reported on Tuesday.
The statement - "Democrats support eliminating tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuels, and will fight to defend and extend tax incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy” - originally appeared as an amendment to party demands last month and was approved, the report said. However, the final draft of the platform was missing that statement.
Bill McKibben, environmentalist and founder of climate non-profit, tweeted: "Hoping this was just a mistake, because ending fossil fuel subsidies is a no-brainer. Pretty sure it was in the 2016 platform (pretty sure I wrote it in, in fact) Seems like something they could and should fix easily."
However, a DNC spokesperson told HuffPost that amendment was “incorrectly included" in the draft and taken out “after the error was discovered".

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