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Haley Campaign Press Release - Fact Check: DeSantis Banned Fracking and Drilling

January 09, 2024

Ron DeSantis' call for energy independence on "Day One" of his administration is laughable given his long record of opposing offshore drilling and fracking. DeSantis supported fracking and drilling bans as a gubernatorial candidate, and on Day Two of his administration, he signed legislation banning offshore drilling and fracking. Watch the video evidence here.

Nikki Haley has a long record of promoting American energy independence. As governor, she supported offshore drilling and went after the Obama administration's heavy-handed regulations. At the UN, she defended U.S. sovereignty on energy. And she has a comprehensive plan to unleash American energy as president and roll back Joe Biden's harmful green energy mandates and subsidies that make us more dependent on China. RON DeSANTIS ON ENERGY

DeSantis' call for energy dominance is a farce considering he has long opposed offshore drilling and fracking.

  • As a candidate for governor, he called on the Trump administration to drop plans for drilling in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • He promised to ban fracking and drilling on his gubernatorial campaign website.
  • On his second day in office as governor, DeSantis issued executive orders banning fracking and offshore drilling in Florida. He was praised by the Sierra Club.
  • DeSantis now says he supported the drilling and fracking bans because Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment banning drilling, but he supported those bans before the amendment passed. In addition, the voter ban did not include fracking, which he also opposed.
  • Breitbart: Claim: Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley claimed fellow Republican presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) banned fracking in Florida during Wednesday's second GOP primary debate. Verdict: TRUE. As governor, DeSantis campaigned on and implemented a ban on fracking in Florida's waters.

DeSantis' energy record mirrors Joe Biden's.

  • Like Biden's Climate Resilience program, DeSantis' Resilient Florida program would allow Democrat-run cities to apply for taxpayer funding to deal with the effects of climate change.
  • DeSantis used Biden's American Rescue Plan to enact his climate agenda.
  • DeSantis proposed using an additional $1 billion from Biden's $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package to fund his resiliency program.
  • DeSantis announced an additional $404 million for climate change expenses, the largest funding for climate preparation in state history, funded by Biden's American Rescue Plan.


  • Tampa Bay Times: DeSantis supports offshore drilling and fracking, just not in Florida
  • Washington Examiner: DeFlorida blueprint: How DeSantis has pursued a Teddy Roosevelt conservationist image


Haley toured an oil rig in Texas in the spring and unveiled her American energy plan.

  • Stop the demonization of the oil and gas industries, and empower American producers to produce more at home.
  • Speed up permitting and building of interstate pipelines and make sure the EPA and radical environmental groups do not stop new energy projects.
  • Roll back Biden's wasteful green energy subsidies and regulations that make America more dependent on China.
  • Stand up to energy-rich dictators in Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.

Haley has a record of fighting against government regulation and promoting an all-of-the-above energy policy.

  • Haley was and continues to be an advocate for harnessing offshore energy.
  • Under Haley, South Carolina challenged Obama's Clean Power Plan in federal court.
  • Haley issued an order to stop all work on the Clean Power Plan in South Carolina after the Supreme Court halted it.
  • In 2013, South Carolina and 11 other states sued the EPA over compliance with FOIA requests related to a haze requirement in the Clean Air Act.
  • As ambassador, Haley supported President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, calling it a flawed agreement that placed too heavy a burden on American jobs.
  • As ambassador, Haley stood up for America on the world stage and opposed the Global Pact for the Environment — a proposal to bring international environmental law under one legally binding treaty at the UN.

Additional links:

  • Fox News: Nikki Haley vows to cut Biden's 'disastrous' energy policies
  • Daily Mail: Nikki Haley tears into Biden for 'demonizing' American energy producers, vows to ensure the U.S. is energy independent and promises to roll back green policies during tour of 'beautiful' oil rig
  • Midland Reporter-Telegram: Nikki Haley: Biden treats oil companies with 'heavy fist'
  • CBS 7: Nikki Haley tours the Permian Basin
  • Post and Courier: Nikki Haley in SC accuses Biden administration of 'demonizing' US energy producers
  • HotAir: Nikki Haley tours a "beautiful" oil rig in West Texas
  • New York Post: Nikki Haley says Paris climate agreement wasn't 'achievable'

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Fact Check: DeSantis Banned Fracking and Drilling Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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