As fossil fuel exploration and extraction become riskier, their associated external costs will increase exponentially, whereas clean energy alternatives will stabilize energy costs for taxpayers and corporations. This is the arithmetic that could forever change America's perception of renewables.
If rumor becomes plan, then the residents of the Southern Tier become unwilling lab rats in our governor's fracking experiment. It's an experiment that risks ruin for many in the form of poisoned water, toxic air, burning flare stacks, mystery chemicals, and 24/7 noise.
Given such concerns as radioactivity, dangerous air pollution, and water contamination, a comprehensive, thorough and detailed assessment is a must for New York, one of the most populated states in the country, say the health professionals.
As a lifelong environmental advocate who believes that our path to prosperity must include clean, renewable energy, I am ready to stand up to Albany, Washington, and the shale gas industry to protect the health and safety of New York families.
He may think he can't afford to anger the oil and gas companies just four years before he runs for president, but the reality is he can't afford to enrage the progressive base by accepting fracking. Governor Cuomo must not allow fracking in any part of New York.
It's not often that chefs get political, but the issue of fracking has caused such luminaries as Mario Batali, Elizabeth Faulkner, Chris Santos, and Michael Laiskonis to write to Governor Cuomo, urging him not to allow fracking in New York State.
With recent evidence that fracking chemicals can migrate far from a frack site, should people have to play "believe it or not" with the safety pronouncements made by gas industry P.R. and advertising campaigns?
The countdown is on for water contamination in five states and two major urban areas of the Northeast. Once drilling begins, 15 million people will find what the government doesn't know about fracking.