Last September, Democratic primary candidate and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris spoke to CNN about her intention to ban fracking and reduce meat consumption as part of her $10 billion plan for the environment.
Harris talked about these proposals during a CNN town hall event on climate change. Harris stated that if elected, she would implement environmental measures.
“We have to just acknowledge that the residual impact of fracking is enormous in terms of the impact of the health and safety of communities,” Harris said during the CNN news event.
However, according to Forbes magazine, this extraction technique implemented in the last half century has led to a significant increase in U.S. oil and gas production, impacting low energy costs and strengthening energy security.
A report published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 on the potential impact of oil and natural gas extraction on drinking water resources led environmental regulators to conclude that no evidence had been found that hydraulic fracking had a widespread and systematic impact on drinking water.
“The integrity of the well and wastewater management related to hydraulic fracturing activities affected drinking water,” the EPA explained in the report, indicating that such cases had been minor compared to the large number of hydraulically fractured wells throughout the country.”
Meanwhile, during a radio program broadcast the same month of September, presenters Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere reproduced the CNN City Hall clip, and questioned the nature of the proposals made by Harris: “How? What evidence do you have on that? What evidence do you have that fracking leads to anything bad?” said Beck, who then added, “Fracking, by the way, is the reason why we are no longer dependent on the Middle East for oil. We don’t need anything else. We are now the leader in oil and gas reserves.”
“We are not dependent. For the very first time, we don’t have to worry about it and it’s because of fracking. You want to know why the price of gasoline is down? Fracking,” the presenter added.
Stu Burguiere joined in the debate by saying, “You want to know why our emissions are down? Fracking.”
According to The Blaze, writer and political commentator Glenn Beck then played a second clip in which Harris answers the question of whether she would support a change in dietary guidelines to reduce meat consumption saying: “The balance that we have to strike here, frankly, is about what government can and should do around creating incentives and then banning certain behaviors (…) I mean, just to be perfectly honest with you, I love cheeseburgers from time to time. Right? I mean, I just do.”
“But there has to be also what we do in terms of creating incentives of what we will eat in a healthy way, that we will encourage moderation, and that we will be educated about the effect of our eating habits on our environment. And we have to do a much better job of that. And the government has to do a much better job of that,” Harris added.
However, the consumption of meat provides different nutrients to the body that also play an important role in its development. It is a source of five main vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, according to meatscience.org.
In addition, vitamin components found only in meat such as vitamin B12, vitamin D3, carnosine and docosahexaenoic acid are nutrients that are of vital importance for the development of the body.
As the Daily Health Post points out, although our bodies can synthesize vitamin D, people’s bodies do not have enough of this vitamin component because we spend most of our time indoors or live in a latitude too far north or south for the sun to do its job on the skin.
Although it is questionable whether a state could restrict the diet of citizens, as Harris suggests.