Washington, D.C. - "It is disappointing that the Democratic Party Platform Committee has rejected the science, as well as the will of most Americans, by refusing to include a fracking ban in the party’s platform. The negative health, climate and environmental impacts of fracking are too severe to ignore, and thousands will be marching for a ban on fracking on the eve of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, where another opportunity to alter the platform exists. We call on all delegates there to vote for a platform that reflects the desire of the party, the majority of Americans, and what is best for our nation’s health and safety. This means a national moratorium on fracking.
"Additionally, I am disappointed that the party platform committee adopted trade provisions that fell short of opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Nonetheless, the platform language established standards to ensure that future trade pacts do not undermine food safety, harm workers or the environment — metrics that the TPP clearly fails to meet. The platform committee should have clearly and unequivocally rejected the TPP, but the tough trade language further dims the prospects for TPP passage in this or any Congress."