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Pro-Trump PAC Hits Biden on Fracking and Coal

A pro-Trump PAC is hitting former Vice President Joe Biden on energy policies in a new ad campaign in Pennsylvania. 

America First Action, which Politico describes as the primary pro-Trump super PAC, launched a multi-million dollar TV, digital, and mail campaign in three states, including Pennsylvania.

The 30 second spot, “No More” specifically targets Biden on comments made in a previous debate about energy policies and claims that a Biden administration “could cost Pennsylvania 600,000 jobs.” 

“Would there be any place on fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in the Biden administration?,” CNN’s Dana Bash asks Biden in the ad. 

“No, we would work it out, we would make sure it’s eliminated,” Biden responds. 

The ad goes on to include a clip of Bash asking what place would fracking have in Biden’s administration and Biden follows with a similar answer. 

The ad ends with a narrator saying that “after 47 years in Washington Joe Biden just doesn’t make sense for Pennsylvania jobs.”

The claim in the ad about 600,000 jobs being lost in Pennsylvania due to a fracking ban is based off of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study from 2019. This study was based off of a hypothetical nationwide ban on fracking, which Biden does not support. The former VP was criticized in the Democratic Primary over his opposition to a nationwide ban on the industry. 

Biden has not called for the elimination of fracking, but did say that his administration would ban “new gas permitting on public lands.” Biden’s campaign has instead attempted to make the case that he can protect workers and the environment at the same time.  

The Biden campaign fired back in a comment hitting Trump on his response to COVID-19. 

“No amount of third party advertising is going to make Pennsylvanians forget that our ‘wartime President’ Donald Trump failed them when they were facing a crisis. 5,953 Pennsylvanians have died due to a crisis made worse by Donald Trump’s failure to act quickly and effectively,” Biden spokesperson Emma Riley said. “Pennsylvanians know what’s at stake in this election and on November 3rd, they will remember that Joe Biden has never forgotten them.”

The DNC also added in a comment that Trump’s economy has “exacerbated the worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression,” and criticized Trump’s comments about the most recent jobs report.

There isn’t an abundance of recent polling of Trump’s job performance in regards to energy, but polling earlier in the year showed mixed results for fracking in Pennsylvania. 

A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll conducted in mid-February showed that 42% of Pennsylvanians indicated that they would disagree with placing a moratorium on fracking in the state, while 38% said they would agree with that policy option. However, 44% of voters in the state agreed that fracking poses a “major risk to the health of Pennsylvanians,” while 36% disagreed with that claim.

A spokesperson from America First Action told PoliticsPA that the ads launched in the state on June 4 and will continue until July 3. 

While America First Action is also on the airwaves in Michigan and Wisconsin for this current ad buy, the Pennsylvania ad buy is the largest of the bunch and the only state where fracking is mentioned in an ad. 

$3.5 million is pledged from America First Action for the Pennsylvania ad buy, while the Wisconsin ad buy is for $2.25 million, and $1.75 million is reserved for Michigan. 

Pennsylvania’s ad buy focuses on Biden’s energy policies, while Michigan’s ad buy targets Biden on NAFTA, and the Wisconsin ad buy hits Biden on China. 

The Pennsylvania ads are airing in the following markets: Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Erie and Wilkes-Barre. 

The most recent polling show a tight race between the two in the Keystone State, although Biden currently has a narrow edge. 

The Real Clear Politics average shows Biden besting Trump by 3.3 points in Pennsylvania.

6 Responses

  1. Hillary lost Pa because the dumb $#@& shot her mouth off in West Virginia, telling coal miners she would put them out of work. Voters in Somerset, Washington, Greene, Fayette and Beaver Counties lined up early and kept the polls open late to defeat her. Biden should stay out of this and tell Hillary to shut her &$##&+# mouth and go away. Trump wants to make her the campaign issue. Coal will rise or fall on the future economy. Don’t let Trump steal votes on another false promise.

  2. Is anyone going to make fracking the reason why they vote in November? Seriously, that was like a 2010 issue. Seems like the GOP is lighting money on fire here.

  3. Fracking was never a “new” technique but rather the price of fuel made it more economically feasible to do fracking which is getting gas out of embedded areas that costs a bit. Look, I grew up with factories all around me that provided work for generations including silk mills, cigar factories, clothing factories, shoe factories and now they are all gone. Depending on fracking is like trying to bring back shoe manufacturers to the US. By the way, there are a few sneaker type shoes made here and one big high end shoe manufacturer in the US, Allen Edmunds, and that’s about it. Instead of fighting to keep the past in tact why not start getting involved in alternative energy sources? Why is Pa and the US fighting like anything to hold on to fossil fuels And the past?

  4. Natural gas killed the coal industry. Electric generation is cheaper and cleaner with natural gas. History gives the lesson on how the coal industry killed the Pennsylvania Railroad. In the 50’s coal magnates demanded the Pennsylvania RR stick with coal powered steam engines over moving to the more economical diesel powered locomotives. As a result, Pennsylvania RR had much much higher operational costs and by the mid 60’s was going bankrupt. Lesson to be learned – when an industry is done, no amount of bad decisions will bring it back. GET SMARTER and start investing in new technologies and the new jobs will come. Trump is a stupid businessman.

  5. As if PA has coal jobs anymore. Fracking has already been done, often to great environmental degradation. Pipes in ground, gas coming out. Not much new employment coming from drilling.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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