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Democratic Party Platform – Mainly Good, but Some Misses

The 2016 Democratic Party Platform is being hailed as the most progressive ever, and for environmentalists there are some gains. Compared to the GOP platform there is strong recognition of the dangers of climate change, and support for the Clean Air Plan as well as the COP21 agreement, no drilling off the Atlantic coast and in the Arctic, no Keystone Pipeline, protection of public lands, all with a strong call for environmental justice.

However, there is no call for a ban on fracking, although the Halliburton loophole will be closed. The absence of opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) raises the question of just how strong is the stated opposition of Hillary Clinton to the TPP. The  environmental portion of  the platform is presented with bold highlighting.

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