California Assembly Rejects Fracking Ban

California Assembly Rejects Fracking Ban
June 4, 2013

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)

The California State Assembly overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have banned oil and natural gas fracking in the state. By a vote of 37-24, the Democrat-dominated Assembly voted down AB 1323.

Supporters of a fracking ban held back two similar bills after realizing the Assembly would likely reject those bills, also. Anti-fracking activists hope to present those bills during next year’s session.

Curiously, the Daily Caller and other media organizations reported the vote as a setback for Democrats. Democrats hold supermajorities in the California Senate and Assembly, giving the party more than enough votes to pass any legislation Democrats please. The overwhelming defeat of AB 1323 shows California’s legislative Democrats were the force behind AB 1323’s defeat, rather than victims of the defeat. 

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly... (read full bio)