In response to claims from President Donald Trump that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would ban fracking, the former vice president told voters in the swing state of Pennsylvania on Monday that he would not outlaw the practice—despite polling that shows the American public increasingly favors aggressive actions left out of Biden\u0026#039;s campaign proposals and the official party platform.\u0022I am not banning fracking.\u0022—Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee\u0026nbsp;\u0022I am not banning fracking,\u0022 Biden told a crowd. \u0022Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.\u0022During a Democratic primary debate in March with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—who vocally supports a nationwide fracking ban and has introduced legislation in the Senate that would halt the practice—Biden said there would be \u0022no new fracking\u0022 if he was elected, but his campaign later clarified that this would not constitute a full-fledged ban.Polling continues to show American voters are in fact in favor of more ambitious climate proposals including the Green New Deal.This whole \u0022fracking will sink Dems\u0022 narrative has been around a while, but it was crystalized this January with this piece in the NYT and a painful Daily episode that made out fracking opponents as pot-smoking hippies (kid you not, just listen) https://t.co/46pHl0L5SM— Jamie Henn (@jamieclimate) August 31, 2020A new survey from Climate Power 2020, the League of Conservation Voters, and Global Strategy Group last week suggested voter opinion in Pennsylvania—a state with large-scale fracking operations—regarding climate policy \u0022boosts Joe Biden.\u0022\u0022The research shows that not only are Pennsylvania voters supportive of climate action and additional regulations on hydraulic fracturing (\u0026#039;fracking\u0026#039;), engaging in a debate around fracking and climate clearly helps Joe Biden, strengthening his favorability rating and increasing his lead over President Donald Trump in the state,\u0022 survey authors wrote, in a\u0026nbsp;memo released\u0026nbsp;August 27.Survey results indicated 83% of respondents believe climate change is a serious problem, and 73% said they support the government \u0022taking bold action to combat climate change.\u0022 But with Biden\u0026#039;s noncommittal attitude toward fracking in particular, and with the Democratic Party\u0026#039;s refusal to commit to end fossil fuel subsidies, progressives and activists remain unconvinced.Joe Biden’s continued public opposition to a fracking ban is basically an assurance to industry that he’ll continue the Obama-era transition to a natural gas energy economy in the immediate while pledging a greener future.Seems certain we’re going to miss our climate deadline..— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) August 31, 2020Biden\u0026#039;s speech today was yet again trying to out-Trump Trump.Biden said repeatedly he\u0026#039;s not against fracking, he supports the police, he won\u0026#039;t be pressured by socialists. If Biden loses, just remember it was because he tried to be Donald Trump rather than being progressive.— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) August 31, 2020Journalist Dave Levitan suggested an alternative to Biden\u0026#039;s Pennsylvania promise: \u0022Another idea would be to ban fracking,\u0022 he tweeted.