Bernie Sanders to fracking workers: You have to lose your jobs because ‘we’re fighting for the future of this planet’


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NBC News transcript

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/full-transcript-ninth-democratic-debate-las-vegas-n1139546

From Democratic Presendital Debate – February 19, 2020

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NBC’s CHUCK TODD: We’re going to stick to this topic. But, Senator Sanders, I’m going to move to fracking. You want a total ban on natural gas extraction, fracking, in the next five years. The industry, obviously, supports a lot of jobs around the country, including thousands in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

One union official there told the New York Times, quote, “If we end up with a Democratic candidate that supports a fracking ban, I’m going to tell my members that either you don’t vote or you vote for the other guy.” What do you tell these workers, it’s supporting a big industry right now, sir?

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BERNIE SANDERS: “What I tell these workers is that the scientists are telling us that if we don’t act incredibly boldly within the next six, seven years, there will be irreparable damage done not just in Nevada, not just to Vermont or Massachusetts, but to the entire world.

Joe [Biden] said it right: This is an existential threat. You know what that means, Chuck? That means we’re fighting for the future of this planet.”

(APPLAUSE)

SANDERS: “And the Green New Deal that I support, by the way, will create up to 20 million good-paying jobs as we move our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. This is a moral issue, my friends. We have to take the responsibility of making sure that the planet we leave our children and grandchildren is a planet that is healthy and habitable. That is more important than the profits of the fossil fuel industry.”

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