Joe Biden deepened the rift within the Democratic Party Saturday with an emphatic embrace of Pennsylvania’s energy industry.
“I am not, not, not banning fracking, period,” he assured union members at a plumbers’ training facility in Erie, Pa., a crucial swing county in the battleground state.
Hydraulic fracking of oil and natural gas has fueled a job boom in the Keystone State — but is despised by proponents of the Green New Deal.
Both Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, said repeatedly during their primary campaigns that they hoped to do away with the extraction method. But they have said otherwise in recent weeks — earning disdain from other Dems.
“Fracking is bad, actually,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted Thursday, after Harris said Biden does not support a fracking ban.
In Erie, Biden delivered an 18-minute speech to about 30 locals — all seated in socially distanced circles — in a parking lot that featured a rack of