John Fetterman changes tone on fracking, says he supports development of Pennsylvania’s rich energy resources

Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman declared his unequivocal support for fracking on Tuesday — pivoting 180 degrees on the burning issue of tapping into an abundant energy resource in Pennsylvania.

During his first and only debate with Republican Mehmet Oz, Mr. Fetterman said he had always supported fracking despite being asked about previous statements he had made to the contrary.

“I have always supported fracking and I always believe that energy independence is essential,” he said.

Mr. Fetterman took a different stance on hydraulic fracturing in 2016.

“I’m not in favor of fracking and I said if we did it right in this state, we wouldn’t have fracking,” he said. “Industry is a stain on our state and our natural resources.”

When the moderate asked how he reconciles this position with his past comments, Mr. Fetterman repeated his answer.

“I have always believed that energy independence was essential,” he said.

Mr. Fetterman and Mr. Oz are locked in a neck and neck race to replace retired Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

Mr. Oz has made his support for fracking a major part of his campaign platform.


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