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Building Trades Warn Newsom Fracking Ban Will Cost Jobs

Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

California Governor Newsom recently took steps to enact a ban on new fracking permits starting in 2024, a move that was accused of being "steeped in politics" by some of the state's most powerful trade unions.

"This announcement, steeped in politics rather than facts and science, will bring about the loss of tens of thousands of good, middle-class, blue-collar jobs and double the cost of gasoline and diesel, adding more weight to the backs of already struggling California families,” said Robbie Hunter, president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.

John Spaulding, executive secretary of the Building Trades Council for Kern, Inyo and Mono counties added, “We will work to oppose this effort for our membership, their families, our schools and our future. I have one question for Gavin Newsom: Are our jobs too dirty for you?”

Previously, a proposed fracking moratorium stalled in the Legislature in 2014.

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