Via America’s Lawyer: 400 state and local officials urge Biden to ban the issue of new fracking permits in the U.S. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio:             And finally tonight, some good news. 400 state and local officials from across the country have signed onto a letter demanding that Biden administration ban new fracking permits in America. Got the best progressive in the country, Farron Cousins, joining me to talk about this. Where’s this going to land? It’s a big demand. They’re saying Biden, you talked about what you’re going to do about climate change. You seem to be making a few moves that are very encouraging, by the way. I, I’m very happy with a few of his moves.

Farron Cousins:                  Right.

Mike Papantonio:             But now this is put up or shut up. Here’s the letter signed by people all the way, city officials, all the way across the country.

Farron Cousins:                  Right. This is the big one. I mean, this is, you know, we, we’ve moved you on this. We’ve moved on that. Now here’s the big thing. But, but the Democratic party as an apparatus, as a political machine, is opposed to the outright banning of fracking. So can we move an entire party? I, I wish we could say yes on that. But I think this is at least a step in the right direction. It is showing solidarity against that big machine that does need to move on past fracking.

Mike Papantonio:             And across the, another side of it, you got a Democratic party, you got a part of the Democratic party that is this love affair with Wall Street. Okay. So if they think that they’re going to end subsidies to the petroleum industry, or that they’re going to revoke gas permits, you’re going to have that Democratic wing of the Democratic party that is in love with Wall Street say, hell no. We’re not going to do that. That’s my call on it.

Farron Cousins:                  Yeah, absolutely. But, but as long as the pushing stays out there, as long as these officials keep doing it, we may have a shot in the future. But I don’t think right now, yet.

Mike Papantonio:             No, I don’t think so either. Thank you for joining me, Farron.

Farron Cousins:                  Thank you.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.