What in the frack are they thinking?

The Top 3 Candidates from both sides on fracking.


Republican Candidates


Ben Carson


It really seems that Ben Carson is on board with fracking. And even might agree with our last article. Which you can read here: http://shalemart.com/news/could-fracking-have-prevented-iraq-war

He wants energy independence and to use our own resources. Here are some snippets & quotes below.


  • Smart way in Mideast is to declare energy independence. (Sep 2015)

  • Climate debate is distracting and irrelevant. (May 2015)

  • Petroleum independence would deprive terrorists of funding. (Jan 2012)

  • Intelligently tap our own resources offshore & in Alaska (Jan 2012)


“Whether America's ensuing steps into war in Afghanistan and Iraq will be seen as positive or negative remains to be seen, but I can't help thinking there may have been a better way to react that would not have cost us so many lives and financial capital. I believe that if the president had seized the moment and declared that we would become petroleum independent within the next ten years as part of our effort to strip terrorism of its resources, that business, industry, academia, and everyone else would have been foursquare behind him, and we would have been much further ahead in the fight against terrorism than we are today...an enormous number of jobs likely would have been created in the process of switching over to a new energy source, and Wall Street would have been booming; third, the environmentalists would have been ecstatic; and fourth, but most importantly, the terrorists would have been deprived of much needed funding, which would have gradually strangled their efforts.”


Donald Trump


Not too long ago we did a whole article on Donald Trump and his support for the Keystone Pipeline, you can read it here: http://shalemart.com/news/donald-trump-supports-keystone-xl-pipeline-do-you

These quotes below show that he has been a continued supporter of Shale Gas and how we get it. If he were to win I feel that we would see another ramp up in Shale and get out of this “slump” we have been in.


  • Climate change is a hoax. (Jun 2015)

  • No Cap-and-Tax: oil is this country's lifeblood. (Dec 2011)

  • Jobs will slump until our lifeblood--oil--is cheap again. (Dec 2011)

  • Enough natural gas in Marcellus Shale for 110 year supply. (Dec 2011)

  • Libya: No oil, no support; no exceptions. (Dec 2011)

  • It's incredible how slowly we're drilling for oil. (Mar 2011)

  • Oil is the lifeblood of all economies. (Apr 2010)


Marco Rubio


Rubio, I believe is for fracking because it has proven to work. However it seems he is also for exploring other options and making what we have efficient. With him we could maybe see more focus on solar and how that plays into oil’s future. You can see by his quotes, he wants to focus on what we have now and make it better.


  • Climate is always changing; it's not from human activity. (May 2014)

  • Human activity is not causing climate change. (May 2014)

  • Our government can't control the weather. (Feb 2013)

  • Grow our energy industry, not "clean energy" like Solyndra. (Feb 2013)

  • I dislike cap-&-trade, but it is inevitable as national law. (Jun 2012)

  • Cap-and-trade scheme destroys jobs. (Feb 2010)

  • Explore ANWR & outer continental shelf. (Feb 2010)

  • Tax incentives for energy-efficient appliances. (Nov 2006)

  • Loans to public institutions for energy efficiency. (Nov 2006)

  • Florida has obvious advantages in solar energy. (Nov 2006)

  • Let hybrid drivers use HOV lanes & discount parking. (Nov 2006)

  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)

  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)

  • Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)

  • Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)

  • Opposes passage of Cap-and-Trade energy legislation. (Sep 2010)

  • Let states lease energy rights on federal lands. (Jun 2013)


Democratic Candidates


Hillary Clinton


Hillary wants to explore alternative energy and be energy independent. She is opposed to the Keystone Pipeline and seemingly new oil ventures. She is all about stopping climate change and energy independence. It really seems like Hillary is very opposed to fracking.


  • Obama & I crashed China meeting and got climate change deal. (Oct 2015)

  • Take opportunity of climate change to raise our economy. (Oct 2015)

  • I now oppose Keystone, but I withheld opinion at first. (Oct 2015)

  • $100B per year by 2020 for climate change mitigation. (Jun 2014)

  • $100B per year by 2020 for climate change mitigation. (Jun 2014)

  • The steady march of climate change is obvious in the Arctic. (Jun 2014)

  • Get tough with energy speculators and with OPEC cartel. (May 2008)

  • Gas tax holiday, paid for by windfall oil tax. (May 2008)

  • GovWatch: Gas tax holiday saves $8B; but that’s 64 cents/day. (May 2008)

  • Investigate gas price manipulation; add windfall profits tax. (Apr 2008)

  • FactCheck: Yes, FTC is investigating gas price manipulation. (Apr 2008)

  • Cap-and-trade as president; compact fluorescents at home. (Apr 2008)

  • $650 for help with energy bills to those who can’t afford it. (Jan 2008)

  • FactCheck: Oil & gas giveaways stripped from final 2005 Bill. (Jan 2008)

  • Investigate & move toward energy efficiency and conservation. (Oct 2007)

  • Opposes Yucca Mountain; earthquake fault goes under it. (Sep 2007)

  • Led delegation, with McCain, to see effects of polar warming. (Sep 2007)

  • Invest in alternative energy; jobs that won’t be outsourced. (Aug 2007)

  • End Big Oil tax break; $50 billion for strategic energy fund. (Jul 2007)

  • Agnostic about nuclear power until waste & cost issue solved. (Jul 2007)

  • FactCheck: There was no Big Oil tax break under Bush-Cheney. (Jul 2007)

  • Energy Independence 2020: $50B for Strategic Energy Fund. (Jun 2007)

  • Extensive funding into alternative energy. (Jun 2007)

  • Will make big oil fund alternative energy research. (Feb 2007)

  • $50B strategic energy fund from taxing oil companies. (Oct 2006)

  • Remove energy dependence on countries who would harm us. (Jun 2006)

  • Need to move toward energy efficiency and conservation. (Jan 2006)

  • Supports oil reserve release & fund conservation. (Oct 2000)


Bernie Sanders


You can see from the quotes and votes that Sanders does not like fracking and oil. He wants sustainable clean energy.


  • Address climate change so we can leave planet to our kids. (Oct 2015)

  • Climate change is a moral issue: tax on carbon. (Oct 2015)

  • Combat climate skeptics with overwhelming evidence. (Sep 2015)

  • Keystone pipeline transports the dirtiest fossil fuel. (Sep 2015)

  • Charge companies for carbon emissions; then fund renewables. (Apr 2015)

  • Transform to sustainable system & away from fossil fuels. (Mar 2015)

  • Weatherize millions of homes and buildings. (Jan 2015)

  • Gas tax increases are regressive. (Jun 1997)

  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)

  • Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)

  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)

  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)

  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)

  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)

  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)

  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)

  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)

  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refineries. (Jun 2006)

  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)

  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)

  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)

  • Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)

  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)

  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)

  • Regulate wholesale electricity & gas prices. (Mar 2001)

  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)

  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)

  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)

  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)

  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)

  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)


Martin O’Malley


O’Malley is again against fracking. He has directly dealt with the issue with Maryland passing a 2.5 year ban on it. He wants renewable energy and 0 fossil fuels by 2050.


  • American jobs agenda to build a new renewable energy future. (May 2015)

  • End the automatic gas tax increase. (Feb 2015)

  • Raise gas tax by 2% per year, to rebuild infrastructure. (Feb 2012)

  • Maryland needs a long-term vision to make energy affordable. (Nov 2006)

  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)

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