St. Petersburg, FL -- Yesterday, Florida Congressman Darren Soto (FL-9) co-introduced legislation with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would ban fracking nationally. The bill, H.R. 5857, and Senate companion bill, S. 3247 (co-introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley), would ban fracking across the nation by 2025, and would stop new federal permits for fracked gas infrastructure, including drilling on federal lands, pipelines, export terminals.
While in the Florida state legislature, Congressman Soto championed the first statewide fracking ban bills in the 2014 and 2015 sessions, helping to pave the way towards the strong bi-partisan support a statewide fracking ban now has in Florida. Like so many Floridians, Congressman Soto understands the need to protect the state’s water and communities by banning the reckless practice altogether.
“We cannot deny the overwhelming scientific consensus any longer—fracking is a threat to our health, safety and environment,” says Congressman Darren Soto. “If we want to transition from fossil fuel emissions as we work towards building a 100 percent clean economy, pulling back from fracking is a critical first step. Failure to act will only make the crisis at hand even more detrimental for future generations of Floridians.”
“We are thankful for Congressman Soto’s leadership and tireless efforts to protect our drinking water and ensure a livable climate by banning fracking,” says Michelle Allen, Florida State Director of Food & Water Action/Food & Water Watch. “We were proud to support his fracking ban legislation while he was in the state legislature, and now we’re looking forward to working with Congressman Soto to ban fracking nationally.”
A new research report, released last week by Food & Water Watch, presents new and alarming statistics about the perils we face by continuing the buildout of the fracking industry. The report shows the combined emissions from coal and gas power plants have only declined by 10.4% in the past decade emphasizing the point that fracked gas is not a “bridge fuel” but a straight path to climate doom; if emissions continue to decline at this pace, the power sector will not reach net zero until 2100. The report underscores the importance of Congressman Sotos’ efforts to ban fracking nationally and move towards a 100 percent clean energy future.