Skip to comments.Cuomo Warms Up To Fracking Days Before Obama’s Visit
Posted on 08/23/2013 12:42:34 PM PDT by neverdem
The New York governor's recent comments indicate he could be bowing to pressure from big oil and the president.
All eyes have been on Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he holds the cards related to the states fracking potential. While anti-fracking advocates around the state have long lobbied the governor to maintain the only state moratorium against the industry, his recent comments indicate he could be bowing to pressure from big oil and the president.
In an interview on New York Public Radios The Capitol Pressroom, Cuomo addressed the issue of fracking in a positive light, marking a turning point in the governors public view toward an industry eyeing the states portion of the Marcellus Shale.
Every area that has participated in fracking will say it has increased commercial activity and it has an economic boost, he told the station. The question is, is there a cost to the environment, to health, etcetera. Thats what has to be assessed and thats what has to be weighed and thats what were doing.
His comments come just before President Obamas two-day bus tour through the Marcellus Shale, a formation estimated to hold, collectively, 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 10 percent of which can be tapped with fracking technology. Obama is expected to make stops in Syracuse, Binghamton and the University of Buffalo. Obama will then travel to northeastern Pennsylvania, where fracking operations on the Marcellus Shale are abundant.
Cuomo has indicated he will not join Obama on the tour, yet he is welcoming the president and his views on fracking with open arms.
The presidents point that fracking has economic benefits, energy benefits for this country is inarguable, Cuomo said on Capitol Pressroom.
His statement wasnt a ringing endorsement for the fracking industry, but it was close enough to rattle the nerves of environmental advocates and residents living in oil-rich portions of the state, as the governor has the final say over whether to lift the de facto moratorium.
In 2010, then Gov. David Paterson implemented a temporary halt on the fracking industry, pending an environmental review. Two drafts have been issued, yet they both fell short. A third one is expected to pass Cuomos desk. If he accepts it as adequate, the ban will be lifted.
Governor Cuomo should continue to stand up to the gas industry and show the leadership that President Obama has failed to show, Food and Water Watchs Alex Beauchamp told New Yorks CBS affiliate.
Those opposed to the industry dont have to look far to see the negative health and environmental impacts associated with fracking. Pennsylvania has emerged as the example theyre fighting against. Since 2002, the state has seen 5,000 fracking wells built.
In a July interview with Mint Press News, John Armstrong of New Yorkers Against Fracking said the coalition pressuring Cuomo to keep the moratorium in place is one of varying political stripes.
We have Republicans, Democrats, Independents, people from every part of the political spectrum, and people from every part of the state, Armstrong said.
Armstrongs statements came just before thousands of New York residents, from all parts of the state, gathered in Albany to rally against the fracking industry for the July 17 New York Crossroads Rally and March. The intent of the rally was to show Cuomo where his constituents stand.
Also, maybe, some people who would like to see more jobs in upstate New York? Democratic governors have turned it into a wasteland.
All of New York state outside New York City and its suburbs is an economic backwater. The far North doubly so. The state’s onerous tax burden is killing businesses across the state while NYC sucks up all the spending revenue. It all rests on huge income from Wall Street. The whole vicious circle is sickening. There was a time when places like Syracuse and Rochester meant big thriving businesses. No more. And forget about the thousands of small towns.
Wait a minute.
Just WHEN did Obama become pro-fracking? I thought he was vehemently against fracking and drilling-big bad oil, you know.
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M. Cumo declared war on business when he was in and kicked a lot out of state. Jr. declared war on the gun industry, and is kicking butt. I live near Remington Arms, and it looks like they may be moving out of state.
How did we get to the place where one or two people decide the fate of millions? It isn’t supposed to be that way.
Yes, indeed. The decay of upstate New York—meaning everything but NYC and the commuter suburbs—began all the way back when FDR was governor, before he became President.
Exactly. I searched for the satire tag and couldn't find it. Decided it was a pure propaganda piece with unclear reasoning - who were they trying to impress/reach?
The New York governor's recent comments indicate he could be bowing to pressure from big oil -- and the president.
So the president supports fracking in New York but not in other states? Something here isn’t right.
It’s NY’s wealthiest who have kept NY from drilling, including a “Patriotic Millionaire” - see:
Upstate NY has been depressed for a few decades. They sure could use fracking revenues
Blame the numbnut city dwellers who are clueless about where what they consume comes from