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  • ?Shy? Trump voters will power his win, says pollster who called 2016 race
    October 23, 2020, 1:34 pm

    Thanks to the hidden support from voters who are embarrassed to admit they will vote for Donald Trump, the president will be narrowly reelected on Nov. 3, says one of the few pollsters who correctly predicted his 2016 victory.



  • 'A flat-out lie': Breonna Taylor attorneys seek new prosecutor after jurors s...
    October 23, 2020, 12:47 pm

    The two anonymous grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case who spoke out this week about the deliberations had no agenda other than to pursue the truth, their lawyer said. But their disclosures have spurred calls for a new prosecutor in the case.



  • The family of the rescued Zion National Park hiker spoke out after a sheriff'...
    October 23, 2020, 6:41 am

    Holly Courtier was found 12 days after disappearing on a hike. Her sister spoke to reporters after a sheriff's sergeant questioned the survival story.



  • Mark Kelly says it's not him dressed as Adolf Hitler for Halloween in yearboo...
    October 23, 2020, 7:02 pm

    According to Kelly?s campaign, the story injects a false but new line of attack against by allies of his Republican opponent.



  • Why is QAnon more obsessed with an imaginary sex-trafficking ring than with J...
    October 23, 2020, 6:31 pm

    Epstein?s long history of sexual misconduct, on private islands, in his Florida mansion, aboard yachts and and his private jet, with a who?s who of powerful ?elites? including former President Bill Clinton (who denies having had a close relationship with Epstein or any knowledge of his crimes), is probably the closest real-world analogue of the imaginary global sex-trafficking ring at the core of the QAnon conspiracy. 



  • Watch a man in a garbage bag ?suit? set fire to garbage trucks at Broward was...
    October 23, 2020, 1:04 pm

    A man wearing goggles and a garbage bag ?suit? was caught on camera breaking into a waste management center and setting several garbage trucks on fire. Deputies are asking for help in finding the arsonist.



  • Nigeria?s police order massive mobilization to ?dominate the public space? af...
    October 24, 2020, 11:54 am

    Nigeria?s top police official on Saturday ordered the immediate mobilization of all officers to ?reclaim the public space from criminal elements masquerading as protesters? after days of unrest and demonstrations over police abuses that left at least 69 people dead. The police order could further heighten tensions in Africa?s most populous country after some of its worst turmoil in years. Nigeria?s inspector general of police, M.A. Adamu, ordered colleagues to ?dominate the public space? while announcing that enough is enough, a statement said.



  • A US Navy training aircraft crashed into an Alabama neighborhood, killing bot...
    October 24, 2020, 3:15 am

    The T-6B Texan II plane crashed in Foley, Alabama, around 5 p.m. local time on Friday. It had flown from NAS Whiting Field, Florida.



  • France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health
    October 24, 2020, 12:31 pm

    France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart's mental condition while criticizing Macron?s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. ?What is the problem of this person called Macron with Islam and Muslims?? Erdogan asked rhetorically during his Justice and Development party meeting in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.



  • Revealed: Britain scrambling to save the US trade deal if Joe Biden wins
    October 24, 2020, 9:36 am

    British officials are preparing a rescue strategy to save the UK-US free trade deal if Joe Biden wins the American presidency in a little more than a week amid fears talks could be pushed to one side and indefinitely delayed. UK government figures are ready to reach out to influential people around the Democratic presidential nominee within days of a victory result and have been making a concerted effort in recent weeks to open back channels. One push would see Britain attempt to tie the agreement to Mr Biden?s agenda of rebuilding the US economy after the pandemic and improving relationships across the Atlantic in a bid to keep talks a priority in Washington. Another would see the UK leverage its leading role in two major multilateral forums next year, its presidency of the G7 group of nations and its hosting of the UN Climate Change Conference, to be seen as a critical international partner. Officials are even investigating whether talks could continue in some form during what would be a ?lame duck? period between the election on November 3 and the inauguration of Mr Biden on January 20 should Donald Trump lose. The details, shared with The Telegraph by well-placed sources, comes as Whitehall braces for a potential change of US administration that would create new uncertainty about the path to the trade deal so long sought by Number 10.



  • Letters to the Editor: How Pope Francis' support for civil unions gives cover...
    October 24, 2020, 3:00 am

    Marriage equality opponents may now argue in court that same-six civil unions are just as good legally as marriages. Of course, they are not.



  • NASA astronaut Kate Rubins posted a photo of her voting from the 'ISS voting ...
    October 23, 2020, 6:58 am

    Most astronauts live in Houston, Texas, and the state allows them to use a secure electronic ballot to vote from space.



  • Snow due to hit Colorado wildfire areas
    October 24, 2020, 3:07 pm

    "We don?t anticipate it will be a season-ending event, but we do believe it will help us a great bit," said a fire incident spokesman.



  • Fact check: Obama administration approved, built temporary holding enclosures...
    October 23, 2020, 7:33 am

    A meme about a recent speech is true. The facilities were built during the Obama era -- and were intended to hold migrant children for up to 72 hours.



  • Opposition leader flees Venezuela, heads towards Spain and the United States
    October 24, 2020, 2:46 pm

    Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López escaped from the South American country and was traveling on Saturday to Spain, where he will spend time with his family before eventually heading towards the United States to continue the efforts to outs the Nicolas Maduro regime, sources close to the former political prisoner told el Nuevo Herald.



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  • ?Shy? Trump voters will power his win, says pollster who called 2016 race
    October 23, 2020, 1:34 pm

    Thanks to the hidden support from voters who are embarrassed to admit they will vote for Donald Trump, the president will be narrowly reelected on Nov. 3, says one of the few pollsters who correctly predicted his 2016 victory.



  • 'A flat-out lie': Breonna Taylor attorneys seek new prosecutor after jurors s...
    October 23, 2020, 12:47 pm

    The two anonymous grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case who spoke out this week about the deliberations had no agenda other than to pursue the truth, their lawyer said. But their disclosures have spurred calls for a new prosecutor in the case.



  • Biden promises increased scientific investment if elected in 'most in-depth s...
    October 24, 2020, 10:38 am

    In the latest episode of Pod Save America -- a podcast hosted by several former Obama administration staffers -- the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, laid out what Politico described as "the most in-depth statement of priorities we've heard from" the candidate.Biden, responding to the Republican Party's agenda for a second Trump administration term (which includes items focused on space exploration and a national high speed wireless network), said that, first and foremost, he's determined to "get control" of the coronavirus pandemic. Beyond that, though, he said he wants to invest in "real infrastructure," with a heavy focus on science and technology. "We used to invest a little over 2.6 percent of our GDP in research and science," Biden said. "It's now down to 0.6 percent ... We're going to make sure that we can compete with the rest of the world and lead the rest of the world."The former vice president predicted that, through these renewed efforts, "we're going to cure cancer" while making strides in research on Alzheimer's and diabetes, among other diseases. He also described an aspect of his agriculture policy plan, which he said could make the industry the first in the U.S. to reach the net zero carbon emission threshold. > I led Playbook with this podcast because @jonlovett and @danpfeiffer got Biden to talk about first term priorities in a way that I don't thin I've heard before> > Got the transcript and podcast linked in Playbook too, so you can explore the whole thing. https://t.co/71NsqXqKKD> > -- Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 24, 2020More stories from theweek.com Trump loses on the merits Who won the final 2020 debate? Call it a draw. Get ready for Trump TV, America



  • The family of the rescued Zion National Park hiker spoke out after a sheriff'...
    October 23, 2020, 6:41 am

    Holly Courtier was found 12 days after disappearing on a hike. Her sister spoke to reporters after a sheriff's sergeant questioned the survival story.



  • Mark Kelly says it's not him dressed as Adolf Hitler for Halloween in yearboo...
    October 23, 2020, 7:02 pm

    According to Kelly?s campaign, the story injects a false but new line of attack against by allies of his Republican opponent.



  • Why is QAnon more obsessed with an imaginary sex-trafficking ring than with J...
    October 23, 2020, 6:31 pm

    Epstein?s long history of sexual misconduct, on private islands, in his Florida mansion, aboard yachts and and his private jet, with a who?s who of powerful ?elites? including former President Bill Clinton (who denies having had a close relationship with Epstein or any knowledge of his crimes), is probably the closest real-world analogue of the imaginary global sex-trafficking ring at the core of the QAnon conspiracy. 



  • Watch a man in a garbage bag ?suit? set fire to garbage trucks at Broward was...
    October 23, 2020, 1:04 pm

    A man wearing goggles and a garbage bag ?suit? was caught on camera breaking into a waste management center and setting several garbage trucks on fire. Deputies are asking for help in finding the arsonist.



  • France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health
    October 24, 2020, 12:31 pm

    France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart's mental condition while criticizing Macron?s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. ?What is the problem of this person called Macron with Islam and Muslims?? Erdogan asked rhetorically during his Justice and Development party meeting in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.



  • A US Navy training aircraft crashed into an Alabama neighborhood, killing bot...
    October 24, 2020, 3:15 am

    The T-6B Texan II plane crashed in Foley, Alabama, around 5 p.m. local time on Friday. It had flown from NAS Whiting Field, Florida.



  • Suicide bombing in Kabul kills at least 18, including children
    October 24, 2020, 9:00 am

    The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including schoolchildren, the interior ministry said. The explosion struck outside an education center in a heavily Shiite neighborhood of western Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi. The interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian says that the attacker was trying to enter the center when he was stopped by security guards. According to Arian, the casualty toll may rise further as family members of victims of the suicide bombing are still searching the several different hospitals where the wounded have been taken. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing on Saturday, but gave no evidence to support their claim. The Taliban rejected any connection with the attack.



  • Letters to the Editor: How Pope Francis' support for civil unions gives cover...
    October 24, 2020, 3:00 am

    Marriage equality opponents may now argue in court that same-six civil unions are just as good legally as marriages. Of course, they are not.



  • Snow due to hit Colorado wildfire areas
    October 24, 2020, 3:07 pm

    "We don?t anticipate it will be a season-ending event, but we do believe it will help us a great bit," said a fire incident spokesman.



  • NASA astronaut Kate Rubins posted a photo of her voting from the 'ISS voting ...
    October 23, 2020, 6:58 am

    Most astronauts live in Houston, Texas, and the state allows them to use a secure electronic ballot to vote from space.



  • Turkey's Armenians 'cannot breathe' as Karabakh rhetoric rages
    October 23, 2020, 2:18 am

    Turkey's support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh is loud and intensely partisan, and the tiny Armenian community in Turkey is feeling under pressure.



  • Trump?s Fracking Fixation Is Not Landing in Pennsylvania
    October 23, 2020, 1:39 am

    PITTSBURGH?Mike Baltzer comes from a blue-collar family in western Pennsylvania. But he barely hears anyone talk about fracking?long hyped as a local economic engine?positively anymore.For his part, Baltzer, 42, staunchly opposes fracking, the drilling and high-pressure injection of liquid into rocks to collect oil and gas, because of its potential to harm the environment.?I?m not coming at this from a tree-hugger, hippy background,? Baltzer told The Daily Beast. ?I?m a Yinzer. And I know better.?Donald Trump has taken on a hardline pro-fracking stance against Democrat Joe Biden in their final, frenetic push to capture the Keystone State?s 20 electoral votes, which flipped red as part of the president?s shock 2016 victory. At a rally in Erie on Tuesday and again at the final debate on Thursday, Trump tore into the former vice president, mocking what he described as the Democrat?s flip-flop on the practice.?You know what Pennsylvania? He?ll be against it very soon, because his party is totally against it,? Trump said Thursday.Video Exposes Proud Boys and ?Extra-Friendly? Philly CopsBiden has carefully avoided bashing fracking for some time, saying that he doesn?t want to ban it, but has opposed it on federal land. That seems to reflect a stubborn consensus among the Democratic political class that the issue is some kind of third-rail in the state. And it still is important to some voters, especially in more rural parts of a state infamously described by Democratic strategist James Carville as ?Paoli and Penn Hills, with Alabama in between.?But conversations with actual residents, local politicians, and a comb of public opinion data suggest perspectives on fracking in Pennsylvania are changing faster than top Democrats?and the president who seems to think it will save him?realize.According to the NPR project StateImpact Pennsylvania, the state has nearly 8,000 active natural gas wells, and many?more than 1,100?are in Washington County, which is south of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania?s natural gas and oil industry employs about 26,000 people, according to advocacy group Food and Water Watch.Recent polls show Pennsylvanians generally are mixed on the practice. A joint CBS and YouGov poll from August showed 52 percent of Pennsylvanians oppose fracking with 48 percent approving. Another August poll prepared by Democratic firm Global Strategy Group for the advocacy group Climate Power 2020 showed that while 61 percent of Pennsylvanians had a favorable view of the natural gas industry, only 32 percent had a favorable view of the fracking industry, compared to 50 percent unfavorable.According to Andrew Baumann, a researcher for Global Strategy Group, the same poll showed similar numbers for Pittsburgh, the largest city in western Pennsylvania: 38 percent favorable compared to 51 percent unfavorable. Statewide, only 8 percent are ?very? favorable toward the fracking industry, Baumann added?and that number was just 9 percent for Pittsburgh in his firm?s data.Despite this, top Democrats around the country and in Pennsylvania have been cautious about supporting a ban on fracking, long pushed by environmentalists as a way to combat climate change and promote clean water. Pennsylvania Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, often heralded as a progressive, and Pittsburgh Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto both told The New York Times in January that they feared a presidential candidate running on banning fracking could crush Democrats? chances of winning Pennsylvania in November.But Bethany Hallam, Democratic councilperson-at-large in Allegheny County, supports a ban on fracking?and believes positive sentiment toward it has dwindled in the past five years or so.?For forever, it was positioned as, you either have clean air and a healthy environment, or you have good paying jobs,? Hallam told The Daily Beast. ?And folks have started to realize that?s just a propaganda manipulation tactic by folks in the natural gas industry.?Hallam thinks presidential candidates would have a better chance of impressing Pennsylvanians by talking more about union jobs and renewable energy. Most recent surveys show Biden?who talks about both and whose plan ultimately does likely mean phasing out fracking?leading statewide.?I can tell by the way that both candidates are talking that they understand Pennsylvania is going to decide this presidential election,? Hallam said. ?And so they?re speaking what they think is important, but I believe that they are both out of touch with what people in Pennsylvania actually want to see.?Michael Oehling, a 28-year-old Republican resident in Butler county, north of Pittsburgh, who works in sales and serves as a Buffalo Township Supervisor, does not support a ban on fracking. He also believes it?s important for Pennsylvania because of the jobs and money provided to municipalities.However, Oehling acknowledges the environmental damage that can come from the practice.?I?ve seen those videos of people and their water being tainted,? Oehling told The Daily Beast. ?I think fracking is good if it?s done correctly.?Eric Garland, 37, a Republican Allegheny County resident who runs a landscaping business, said he?s all for fracking because it helps the economy.?It?s pretty much gotten my family through the late 90s and early 2000?s for work,? Garland said. ?Both my father, brother and sister worked in the industry for a little while, and my dad?s still in the industry on the chemical side now.?But even Garland doesn?t believe fracking could swing the election in Pennsylvania, and, if anything, he said, the issue might help Biden.?A lot of people are more environmentally active right now than they were,? Garland said. ?It?s hard, because a lot of times, they?re either under-informed or misinformed about certain things. And I?m sure it goes both ways.?Allegheny County resident Nicole Vukovich, 40, doesn?t like fracking. She?s concerned about what it could do to the air. That being said, it?s not one of her top issues as a voter either.?I just feel like there are so many other super-important issues,? Vukovich said. Issues like social justice, the pandemic, and voter suppression jump out as more important to her at this moment.Julie Theaker, a 52-year-old in Westmoreland County, feels similarly.?It?s just utterly ridiculous to destroy the environment and cause earthquakes and Lord knows what for a couple dollars a barrel,? she said.Though Theaker supports a ban on fracking, she understands that Biden fears he could lose votes running on one. But she believes the votes to be lost are in states like Texas and Oklahoma, not Pennsylvania.When some voters hear Trump going to bat so strongly for fracking, they get confused. To them, it seems like a now-irrelevant talking point.?I don?t know, realistically, long-term, how much longer that industry will have the power that they do,? Baltzer said, adding, ?It?s not going well for them.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



Channel 8 San Diego

  • ?Shy? Trump voters will power his win, says pollster who called 2016 race
    October 23, 2020, 1:34 pm

    Thanks to the hidden support from voters who are embarrassed to admit they will vote for Donald Trump, the president will be narrowly reelected on Nov. 3, says one of the few pollsters who correctly predicted his 2016 victory.



  • 'A flat-out lie': Breonna Taylor attorneys seek new prosecutor after jurors s...
    October 23, 2020, 12:47 pm

    The two anonymous grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case who spoke out this week about the deliberations had no agenda other than to pursue the truth, their lawyer said. But their disclosures have spurred calls for a new prosecutor in the case.



  • Biden promises increased scientific investment if elected in 'most in-depth s...
    October 24, 2020, 10:38 am

    In the latest episode of Pod Save America -- a podcast hosted by several former Obama administration staffers -- the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, laid out what Politico described as "the most in-depth statement of priorities we've heard from" the candidate.Biden, responding to the Republican Party's agenda for a second Trump administration term (which includes items focused on space exploration and a national high speed wireless network), said that, first and foremost, he's determined to "get control" of the coronavirus pandemic. Beyond that, though, he said he wants to invest in "real infrastructure," with a heavy focus on science and technology. "We used to invest a little over 2.6 percent of our GDP in research and science," Biden said. "It's now down to 0.6 percent ... We're going to make sure that we can compete with the rest of the world and lead the rest of the world."The former vice president predicted that, through these renewed efforts, "we're going to cure cancer" while making strides in research on Alzheimer's and diabetes, among other diseases. He also described an aspect of his agriculture policy plan, which he said could make the industry the first in the U.S. to reach the net zero carbon emission threshold. > I led Playbook with this podcast because @jonlovett and @danpfeiffer got Biden to talk about first term priorities in a way that I don't thin I've heard before> > Got the transcript and podcast linked in Playbook too, so you can explore the whole thing. https://t.co/71NsqXqKKD> > -- Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 24, 2020More stories from theweek.com Trump loses on the merits Who won the final 2020 debate? Call it a draw. Get ready for Trump TV, America



  • The family of the rescued Zion National Park hiker spoke out after a sheriff'...
    October 23, 2020, 6:41 am

    Holly Courtier was found 12 days after disappearing on a hike. Her sister spoke to reporters after a sheriff's sergeant questioned the survival story.



  • Mark Kelly says it's not him dressed as Adolf Hitler for Halloween in yearboo...
    October 23, 2020, 7:02 pm

    According to Kelly?s campaign, the story injects a false but new line of attack against by allies of his Republican opponent.



  • Why is QAnon more obsessed with an imaginary sex-trafficking ring than with J...
    October 23, 2020, 6:31 pm

    Epstein?s long history of sexual misconduct, on private islands, in his Florida mansion, aboard yachts and and his private jet, with a who?s who of powerful ?elites? including former President Bill Clinton (who denies having had a close relationship with Epstein or any knowledge of his crimes), is probably the closest real-world analogue of the imaginary global sex-trafficking ring at the core of the QAnon conspiracy. 



  • Watch a man in a garbage bag ?suit? set fire to garbage trucks at Broward was...
    October 23, 2020, 1:04 pm

    A man wearing goggles and a garbage bag ?suit? was caught on camera breaking into a waste management center and setting several garbage trucks on fire. Deputies are asking for help in finding the arsonist.



  • France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health
    October 24, 2020, 12:31 pm

    France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart's mental condition while criticizing Macron?s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. ?What is the problem of this person called Macron with Islam and Muslims?? Erdogan asked rhetorically during his Justice and Development party meeting in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.



  • A US Navy training aircraft crashed into an Alabama neighborhood, killing bot...
    October 24, 2020, 3:15 am

    The T-6B Texan II plane crashed in Foley, Alabama, around 5 p.m. local time on Friday. It had flown from NAS Whiting Field, Florida.



  • Suicide bombing in Kabul kills at least 18, including children
    October 24, 2020, 9:00 am

    The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including schoolchildren, the interior ministry said. The explosion struck outside an education center in a heavily Shiite neighborhood of western Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi. The interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian says that the attacker was trying to enter the center when he was stopped by security guards. According to Arian, the casualty toll may rise further as family members of victims of the suicide bombing are still searching the several different hospitals where the wounded have been taken. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing on Saturday, but gave no evidence to support their claim. The Taliban rejected any connection with the attack.



  • Letters to the Editor: How Pope Francis' support for civil unions gives cover...
    October 24, 2020, 3:00 am

    Marriage equality opponents may now argue in court that same-six civil unions are just as good legally as marriages. Of course, they are not.



  • Snow due to hit Colorado wildfire areas
    October 24, 2020, 3:07 pm

    "We don?t anticipate it will be a season-ending event, but we do believe it will help us a great bit," said a fire incident spokesman.



  • NASA astronaut Kate Rubins posted a photo of her voting from the 'ISS voting ...
    October 23, 2020, 6:58 am

    Most astronauts live in Houston, Texas, and the state allows them to use a secure electronic ballot to vote from space.



  • Turkey's Armenians 'cannot breathe' as Karabakh rhetoric rages
    October 23, 2020, 2:18 am

    Turkey's support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh is loud and intensely partisan, and the tiny Armenian community in Turkey is feeling under pressure.



  • Trump?s Fracking Fixation Is Not Landing in Pennsylvania
    October 23, 2020, 1:39 am

    PITTSBURGH?Mike Baltzer comes from a blue-collar family in western Pennsylvania. But he barely hears anyone talk about fracking?long hyped as a local economic engine?positively anymore.For his part, Baltzer, 42, staunchly opposes fracking, the drilling and high-pressure injection of liquid into rocks to collect oil and gas, because of its potential to harm the environment.?I?m not coming at this from a tree-hugger, hippy background,? Baltzer told The Daily Beast. ?I?m a Yinzer. And I know better.?Donald Trump has taken on a hardline pro-fracking stance against Democrat Joe Biden in their final, frenetic push to capture the Keystone State?s 20 electoral votes, which flipped red as part of the president?s shock 2016 victory. At a rally in Erie on Tuesday and again at the final debate on Thursday, Trump tore into the former vice president, mocking what he described as the Democrat?s flip-flop on the practice.?You know what Pennsylvania? He?ll be against it very soon, because his party is totally against it,? Trump said Thursday.Video Exposes Proud Boys and ?Extra-Friendly? Philly CopsBiden has carefully avoided bashing fracking for some time, saying that he doesn?t want to ban it, but has opposed it on federal land. That seems to reflect a stubborn consensus among the Democratic political class that the issue is some kind of third-rail in the state. And it still is important to some voters, especially in more rural parts of a state infamously described by Democratic strategist James Carville as ?Paoli and Penn Hills, with Alabama in between.?But conversations with actual residents, local politicians, and a comb of public opinion data suggest perspectives on fracking in Pennsylvania are changing faster than top Democrats?and the president who seems to think it will save him?realize.According to the NPR project StateImpact Pennsylvania, the state has nearly 8,000 active natural gas wells, and many?more than 1,100?are in Washington County, which is south of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania?s natural gas and oil industry employs about 26,000 people, according to advocacy group Food and Water Watch.Recent polls show Pennsylvanians generally are mixed on the practice. A joint CBS and YouGov poll from August showed 52 percent of Pennsylvanians oppose fracking with 48 percent approving. Another August poll prepared by Democratic firm Global Strategy Group for the advocacy group Climate Power 2020 showed that while 61 percent of Pennsylvanians had a favorable view of the natural gas industry, only 32 percent had a favorable view of the fracking industry, compared to 50 percent unfavorable.According to Andrew Baumann, a researcher for Global Strategy Group, the same poll showed similar numbers for Pittsburgh, the largest city in western Pennsylvania: 38 percent favorable compared to 51 percent unfavorable. Statewide, only 8 percent are ?very? favorable toward the fracking industry, Baumann added?and that number was just 9 percent for Pittsburgh in his firm?s data.Despite this, top Democrats around the country and in Pennsylvania have been cautious about supporting a ban on fracking, long pushed by environmentalists as a way to combat climate change and promote clean water. Pennsylvania Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, often heralded as a progressive, and Pittsburgh Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto both told The New York Times in January that they feared a presidential candidate running on banning fracking could crush Democrats? chances of winning Pennsylvania in November.But Bethany Hallam, Democratic councilperson-at-large in Allegheny County, supports a ban on fracking?and believes positive sentiment toward it has dwindled in the past five years or so.?For forever, it was positioned as, you either have clean air and a healthy environment, or you have good paying jobs,? Hallam told The Daily Beast. ?And folks have started to realize that?s just a propaganda manipulation tactic by folks in the natural gas industry.?Hallam thinks presidential candidates would have a better chance of impressing Pennsylvanians by talking more about union jobs and renewable energy. Most recent surveys show Biden?who talks about both and whose plan ultimately does likely mean phasing out fracking?leading statewide.?I can tell by the way that both candidates are talking that they understand Pennsylvania is going to decide this presidential election,? Hallam said. ?And so they?re speaking what they think is important, but I believe that they are both out of touch with what people in Pennsylvania actually want to see.?Michael Oehling, a 28-year-old Republican resident in Butler county, north of Pittsburgh, who works in sales and serves as a Buffalo Township Supervisor, does not support a ban on fracking. He also believes it?s important for Pennsylvania because of the jobs and money provided to municipalities.However, Oehling acknowledges the environmental damage that can come from the practice.?I?ve seen those videos of people and their water being tainted,? Oehling told The Daily Beast. ?I think fracking is good if it?s done correctly.?Eric Garland, 37, a Republican Allegheny County resident who runs a landscaping business, said he?s all for fracking because it helps the economy.?It?s pretty much gotten my family through the late 90s and early 2000?s for work,? Garland said. ?Both my father, brother and sister worked in the industry for a little while, and my dad?s still in the industry on the chemical side now.?But even Garland doesn?t believe fracking could swing the election in Pennsylvania, and, if anything, he said, the issue might help Biden.?A lot of people are more environmentally active right now than they were,? Garland said. ?It?s hard, because a lot of times, they?re either under-informed or misinformed about certain things. And I?m sure it goes both ways.?Allegheny County resident Nicole Vukovich, 40, doesn?t like fracking. She?s concerned about what it could do to the air. That being said, it?s not one of her top issues as a voter either.?I just feel like there are so many other super-important issues,? Vukovich said. Issues like social justice, the pandemic, and voter suppression jump out as more important to her at this moment.Julie Theaker, a 52-year-old in Westmoreland County, feels similarly.?It?s just utterly ridiculous to destroy the environment and cause earthquakes and Lord knows what for a couple dollars a barrel,? she said.Though Theaker supports a ban on fracking, she understands that Biden fears he could lose votes running on one. But she believes the votes to be lost are in states like Texas and Oklahoma, not Pennsylvania.When some voters hear Trump going to bat so strongly for fracking, they get confused. To them, it seems like a now-irrelevant talking point.?I don?t know, realistically, long-term, how much longer that industry will have the power that they do,? Baltzer said, adding, ?It?s not going well for them.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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