“Secretary Clinton and her state department worked to export fracking throughout the world to reward companies like Chevron, Halliburton, ExxonMobil, and Conoco Phillips. In my view that is unacceptable.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders
“Secretary Clinton and her state department worked to export fracking throughout the world to reward companies like Chevron, Halliburton, ExxonMobil, and Conoco Phillips,” stated Sanders. “In my view that is unacceptable.”
Clinton, who was endorsed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has faced criticism for her shifting positions on environmental issues and for taking campaign contributions from fossil fuel lobbyists.
At a campaign event in Kingston, New York on Saturday, anti-fracking activists connected the pending climate crisis to the current U.S. presidential contest—and the need to get out the vote for Sanders, who currently trails Clinton by 12 points among Democratic voters in the state.
“We are not here to simply express our hope for a strong, clear signal on renewable energy from the executive office. We are here to make it so and change providence itself,” said Sandra Steingraber, biologist and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, during the rally Saturday.
“That’s the spirit that allowed New Yorkers, against all prediction, to evict the frackers from our state and ban fracking now and forevermore,” she continued. “Against all prediction, fellow New Yorkers, let’s help elect the nation’s first keep-it-in-the-ground president, willing to defend our bedrock, our water and our climate from those who would thrown our own children under the bus to line their fossilized pockets.”
The Sanders campaign on Monday also released a new television ad reiterating his call for a national fracking ban and chastising politicians who “side with polluters over families.” Meanwhile, Sanders will continue to campaign in upstate New York through Tuesday with stop in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo.
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