By Eugene Ruyle

Posted on September 30, 2013 by the Communications Committee

Our Gubernatorial candidate Cindy Sheehan recently asked, "Is Jerry Brown out of his fracking mind?" This was after the Governor signed legislation (SB 4) to permit hydro-fracturing – "fracking" – in California, specifically in the Monterey Shale Formation. There’s sound reasoning behind Sheehan’s irreverent question.

Our Peace and Freedom Party Platform calls for us to “Restore and protect air, water, land and ecosystems.” Few things are more destructive than the practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”—injecting sand, water, and chemicals at high pressure to blast rock and shale to release the trapped gas inside. The practice has a devastating impact on the environment and truly macabre effects on our health and well-being.

Although touted as a pathway to a energy independence, fracking is a product of capital’s relentless search for profits—at any cost. Our Platform continues:

“The same corporate forces and economic system that exploit and brutalize the world's working class people are destroying the world's biosphere. These social policies and ecological destruction often overlap. Socialism is necessary to end the ecological destruction caused by capitalism. Our goal is a society that is in harmony with nature as it is in harmony with its own people.”

For more information about the politics of SB4 and fracking, here’s an article by R L Miller of the Earth Island Institute: "A California Fracking Moratorium Post-Mortem: How Big Oil and Big Democrats outplayed Big Green and crushed the grassroots."

For more information and socialist analysis, here’s an article, “US ‘Energy Independence’ and Hydraulic Fracturing,” by Peace and Freedom Party member John Reiman:

Sheehan’s question is reason enough to register in the only ballot-qualified political party that understands the connections between environmental destruction and corporate capitalism.  Click here to register.

Eugene Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at California State University, Long Beach, was the Peace and Freedom candidate for State Assembly in 2012 in the 15th District (Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond), winning 25,167 votes, or 13.2% of the total. Ruyle is preparing another campaign for 2014. For further information, visit his campaign web site at or contact him at cuyleruyle [at] mac [dot] com or 510-428-1578.


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