Congressman Fred Keller calls socialist plans to ban fracking “an absurd and destructive attack on our national economy”

February 25, 2020
Press Release
Invites lawmakers and Presidential candidates to Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District to meet with families whose lives they would decimate

Washington, D.C. – In advance of the next Democratic Presidential debate, and in response to plans introduced in Congress to ban fracking, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) called such plans “an absurd and destructive attack on our national economy.”


“Socialists like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez need to get out of their Washington, D.C. bubble and face the hardworking families of Pennsylvania who will be left decimated as a result of their plans to ban fracking. They clearly have no idea how their radical socialist policies would hurt hardworking Americans,” Congressman Keller said.


“Proposals to ban fracking are nothing more than an absurd and destructive attack on our national economy,” Congressman Keller said. “The hardworking people of Pennsylvania will not stand for radical policies that would kill jobs, jack up energy costs, and threaten our national security. I invite Sen. Warren, Sen. Sanders and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to come to central and northeastern Pennsylvania, meet with the thoughtful and hardworking families whose livelihoods depend on the energy industry, and see firsthand how banning fracking would destroy our local economies.”


On any given day, Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District produces up to 10 percent of the entire nation’s supply of natural gas. As a result, places like Susquehanna County have seen near zero unemployment, wages rise to be competitive with surrounding metropolitan areas, and an influx of jobs and educational investment.


Congressman Keller toured Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Susquehanna County Career and Technical Center’s Commercial Drivers’ License program, both of which have partial funding from natural gas companies.


Those jobs and educational opportunities would be lost as a result of a national ban on fracking.


According to a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, plans to ban fracking would cost Pennsylvania more than 600,000 jobs and $261 billion in Gross Domestic Product by 2025.


“My staff remains at the ready to hear from any lawmaker or Presidential candidate supporting a national fracking ban to schedule a time when they can come and see how American energy is produced and how devastating their plan would be to both districts like mine and the national economy.”