Following the campaign trail of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton is new independent candidate for president: Fracking.
The presidential campaign is a project of FrackFeed and North Texans for Natural Gas and, while a bit light-hearted, is designed to educate the public about fracturing specifically and energy at large.
“Americans are unhappy with their current choices for president, but polls show strong support for Fracking among those who are familiar with her,” campaign spokesman Steve Everley said in an email. “Unfortunately, polls also show that many people are unfamiliar with Fracking. This campaign aims to change that by reaching a much broader audience than what we’ve seen from more traditional educational campaigns.”
Her campaign theme, “Powering the People” embodies her platform of jobs, pocketbook savings, energy security, environmental benefits and funding for local services.
According to her campaign biography, Fracking was born near Hugoton, Kansas, in 1947 and has been praised by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Everley said Fracking’s rivals have not placed a high priority on energy issues.
“That’s a perfect example of why this campaign needs to happen. Research from Pew shows that Americans’ top two issues are national security and economic growth. Manufacturers are investing billions of dollars in America again, thanks to Fracking. During the Great Recession, nationwide employment dropped 2.7 percent, but Fracking spurred a 31 percent growth in jobs over the same period — 2007 to 2012.
“In 2005, we were importing 60 percent of our oil. Today it’s less than 25 percent, thanks to Fracking, and we know that energy security is national security. Carbon emissions in the United States are at their lowest level in a quarter century, thanks to Fracking. No other candidate in the race has done more to improve the economy and the environment than Fracking.”
Fracking even joined Clinton in releasing her 2014 tax returns. The tax returns showed she paid almost $111.4 billion in taxes while providing energy savings of $776 per household.
Fracking paid more than $56.5 billion in federal taxes in 2014, along with more than $54.8 billion in state and local taxes, according to the return’s details. The return lists labor impact of $433.6 billion, when labor income spending, operation activities, capital investment and supplier impacts are totaled. The savings per household break down into $120 in natural gas bill savings, $102 in electric bill savings and $554 in cheaper goods and services.
The campaign has launched a virtual bus tour, “Powering the People,” that will travel to more than 20 cities and regions across the country to illustrate how Fracking has impacted those communities. The bus tour is expected to arrive in Midland in October.
“From lower power bills in Massachusetts and Florida to manufacturing investments in Iowa and local jobs in the Pacific Northwest, Fracking has benefited the entire country — even areas where no drilling is taking place,” Everley said. “Many people may not realize how Fracking has positively impacted them, so we’ll be highlighting how she is ‘Powering the People’ from coast to coast.”
He said the first stop was in Boston, “where Fracking detailed helping residents save 23 percent on their monthly energy bills while also stressing that her work is only beginning. Extreme opposition to natural gas has prevented the construction of pipelines and other critical infrastructure that would benefit New England families with cleaner air, cheaper energy, and more jobs.”