Jon Bon Jovi to accompany Joe Biden in Pennsylvania

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Joe Biden and his wife Jill will be joined by Jon Bon Jovi in Pennsylvania on Saturday for a drive-in campaign event, according to the Biden Campaign.

Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden are slated to speak about building back the economy for working families

They will also encourage Pennsylvanians to make a plan to vote.

A source within the campaign tells WBRE/WYOU that Bon Jovi will be performing a few songs at the event.

The Bidens will be hosting an event in Bucks County in the morning.

A NewsNation/Emerson College poll of Pennsylvania, conducted earlier this month, showed Biden leading but Trump inching closer in a state both men desperately want to win. The vice president had a 5-point lead, down from a 9-point spread in August.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden used the word “fracking” 15 times during Thursday night’s debate, all because of another word that could determine the upcoming election: Pennsylvania.

Hydraulic fracturing — or fracking, as it is widely known — is the process of drilling into shale to release oil or natural gas.

“Fracking is basically an engineering technique that enables you to get oil and gas out of very dense rock, which people used to think was absolutely impossible,” explained Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS Markit, a data and information firm, and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power.”

For most of its decade-and-a-half history, interest in fracking was largely the preserve of industry insiders and those who oppose the practice on environmental grounds. It had outsized importance in states like Pennsylvania, which produces about 25 percent of the natural gas in the U.S. that comes from fracking, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Supporters of fracking generally tout its economic benefits; opponents worry about environmental consequences. Supporters say opponents overstate the environmental costs while opponents argue supporters overstate the economic benefits, particularly the number of jobs created by fracking.

Trump, meanwhile, is an unequivocal supporter of fracking who accuses Biden — most recently in Thursday night’s debate — of opposing the industry. Biden denies that, saying he merely supports a transition to renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, which he believes could be complete by 2035.

In Pennsylvania, even many Democrats whose party nationally includes vocal environmentalists who oppose fracking, support the industry. One example: Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democrat, whose March 2018 special election victory in a Republican-leaning district near Pittsburgh, where fracking is more important to the local economy than in eastern areas of the state, was viewed by many analysts an early sign that Democrats might do well in the mid-term Congressional election later that year.


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