Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis clashed over fracking during the second Republican primary debate. Haley accused DeSantis of opposing American energy independence by directing state officials to oppose fracking as governor. However, DeSantis has expressed support for fracking in states that allow it while on the presidential campaign trail. Despite Haley’s claims, DeSantis has not banned fracking in Florida, and no permits have been issued for fracking in the state during his tenure.
DeSantis signed an executive order implementing a constitutional amendment banning offshore drilling in Florida’s waters, which also mentioned opposition to fracking. However, he has not followed through on his promise to pass legislation that would ban fracking in the state. During the debate, Haley falsely claimed that DeSantis banned fracking before the issue went to a vote, when in reality, the vote occurred before he took office. The debate highlighted the differing perspectives on fracking and its environmental impacts.
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, has led to a significant increase in oil and gas production in the United States. However, it has also been associated with negative environmental impacts such as groundwater contamination, air pollution, and methane leaks. DeSantis has acknowledged the importance of Florida’s constitutional amendment prohibiting offshore drilling but has stated that he does not expect other states to outlaw fracking. He believes that each state should have autonomy in determining its regulations on hydraulic fracturing.