Dear Governor Cuomo,
I wish to commend you for your fine efforts in slowing the advance of hydrofracting for natural gas in the New York State Finger Lakes. I am pleased that you are taking the time to thoroughly evaluate the long term impact economic, environmental and social impacts that natural gas hydrofracting would bring to New York.
I also thank you for your fine efforts to make NYSERDA incentives and grants available to the local towns and municipalities of the New York State. These grants should bring high interest to local municipalities for the planet in the long term but to also save on individuals taxes in the short term.
Your thoughtful effort tells me that you are looking to preserve a long range healthy future for pollution free water in New York and not just to short term profit making by a small group of oil and gas companies. The sooner that we as local people and municipalities can move into natural renewable energy usage, the better off our friendly planet will be in the future because the so called bridge fuel into future renewble energy is a media misconception put upon the people.
For many years the oil and gas companies have promoted natural gas as “the bridge to the renewable energy future.” However, as we the people learn more about the costly impacts in drilling for a deep and difficult to collect natural gas resource, perhaps that ad should be changed to natural gas as a “faulty bridge to a renewable energy future.” It is logical to tradeoff short term drilling profits to natural gas companies for long term negative impacts to the health of people and the planet. Think about it.
Jack W. Wilbert
The above letter was written by Jack Wilbert of Dundee. It was published in the Penn Yan Chronicle-Express in their December 18, 2013 issue. We are printing it with the permission of the author.
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