A candidate for New York State Senate accused ‘celebrity’ opposition to Fracking in New York State that puts Governor Cuomo “in a very lonely place”.
I think Cuomo is “in a very lonely place” because he is truly agonizing whether or not Fracking is a responsible thing to do.
He’s agonizing because the fossil fuel industry is hounding him about the leases they’ve already bought up and want a return on their money—despite what this might do to NYS’s environment.
He’s agonizing because our state, the Empire State, and a leader since Teddy Roosevelt and FDR in environmental stewardship and does not want NYS to devolve to a resource curse.
Cuomo is agonizing because he knows how easy it is for a politician to promise instant fossil fuel jobs (even though they will continue to warm our planet) when renewable energy would provide better long-term jobs and help our environment.
Cuomo is agonizing because his public, the New York State citizenry, is not giving him a clear signal they understand the complexity of this Fracking New York State issue and are willing to demonstrate that conviction.
One way the public can demonstrate their commitment to a Frack-free New York, is to have a major county, Monroe County, put a ban on all Fracking related activities.
Folks in Monroe County can demonstrate that online here: http://www.change.org/petitions/prohibit-all-fracking-related-activities-on-monroe-county-properties-ny Monroe County, show Cuomo the way!