Saying it’s a danger to the air and water supply, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders upped his rhetoric on hydraulic fracturing Monday by calling for a nationwide ban on fracking.
In a statement to the press, Sanders – running against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democrat’s nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election – drew a stark contrast between his position and those of his opponent. During a March debate in Michigan, Clinton said she supports fracking that meets certain criteria when it is favored by the communities in which it would occur.
“If we are going to leave this planet in a way that is healthy and habitable for future generations, we need bold action now,” Sanders said.
According to the statement, oil and gas lobbyists have “bundled thousands of dollars for Clinton’s campaign directly.”
Actress and longtime activist Susan Sarandon features prominently in a TV ad released April 11.
“Bernie Sanders is the only candidate for president who opposes fracking everywhere,” she said in the 30-second spot, “No Fracking Anywhere.”
Sanders and Clinton have sharpened their attacks in the days leading up to the debate April 14 in New York, a state that banned fracking in 2014.