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Bernie Calls Out Hillary’s Fracking Record In Lead-Up To NY Primary

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Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed in an editorial Monday that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton worked to prop up fossil fuel companies such as ExxonMobil and Chevron during her time as secretary of state.

Sanders wrote in a USA Today op-ed leading up to New York’s Tuesday Democratic primary that Clinton has been a mass exporter of hydraulic fracturing since her days in the Obama administration.

“Even worse, as secretary of state, she worked to export fracking throughout the world to reward companies such as Chevron, Halliburton, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips. That, in my view, is unacceptable,” Sanders wrote.

He went on to contrast his record on fracking with that of Clinton’s.

“I’m proud that my state of Vermont has joined with New York to ban fracking,” Sanders wrote.

The former first lady served as a U.S. senator in New York, and is currently leading Sanders 53-41 in the Empire State, RealClearPolitics averages.

Sanders went on to imply fracking should be banned on the national level — if not banned, then phased out to “save our planet.”

Fracking is “a danger to the air we breathe. It has resulted in more earthquakes. It’s highly explosive. And it’s contributing to climate change,” Sanders wrote, referencing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies that show fracking hurts water supplies.

Contrary to Sanders’ argument, EPA advisers affirmed in February previous research it conducted in 2015 showing no “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water” from hydraulic fracturing operations.

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