Fracking ban–extreme liberal agenda or what?

EPAregulations“I am extremely disappointed in today’s announcement from Governor Cuomo which bans hydraulic fracturing. This move effectively blocks the development of natural gas and oil resources in New York State. This is devastating news for the Southern Tier economy and its residents who are struggling every day. This decision makes it even more difficult to replace the good jobs that have already left due to New York’s unfriendly business climate. Once again Albany shows that it wants to enact an extreme liberal agenda rather than care about  individual property rights and job opportunities. I care about Southern Tier residents and will fight for them every day. Simply put this extreme liberal agenda is not right and not fair for our future.”–Rep. Tom Reed

  • This move may block hydraulic fracking in NYS, but certainly doesn’t block the development of oil and gas resources by other means.
  • It certainly isn’t devastating news for the many citizens who desire clean air and water.
  • That NYS is unfriendly to business is a frequent claim by those who seek profits with little regard for public health and safety.
  • Fewer jobs would need to be replaced if the GOP had done more to prevent the 2008 crash or to promote economic recovery.
  • Extreme liberal agenda? I think not. Preserving and protecting our natural environment is a conservative position.
  • Putting property rights first isn’t fair at all to citizens who deserve and desire an unspoiled environment.

I’m sure Tom is disappointed, but I am elated. Now if we can only make this decision stick. Tom says he favors state’s rights, but in this case he would likely be only too willing to override them. As he says, he will fight every day for us for fracking.

© William Hungerford – December 2014



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8 Responses to Fracking ban–extreme liberal agenda or what?

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Tom Reed promises “to fight” everything: the NYS Safe Act, high taxes, sexual assaults on women, the EPA, the IRS, and of course – that “Extreme Liberal Agenda”.
    Reed has made many promises to his followers. He always says ” manufacturing and jobs are our first priority”, but what if anything has he done to facilitate that promise in the last four years?
    Now he’s weeping for the one very large egg he placed in his very small basket, and the only thing he knows how to do well – he’s doing. That is blaming the “other guy” for his own failures.


  2. josephurban says:

    Tom is correct. Demanding that we investigate long term effects of fracking before going full tilt is a “liberal”position. Wanting to make sure our kids and grandkids have clean air and clean water is a “liberal”position. Not going blindly ahead to make a few quick bucks today, but planning for the future is a “liberal” position. Tom has got me on that one.


  3. solodm says:

    A livable, protected earth is not a liberal agenda. Republicans used to believe in caring for the environment for posterity too.
    Teddy Roosevelt added 51 national wildlife refugees, and he organized the first conservation conference. Richard Nixon ( hardy a liberal) presided over the creation of the EPA, and the National Environmental Policy Act.
    It’s by the purchasing of government officials by corporate energy interests, the emergence of concern for the environment has become considered a “liberal agenda”.
    But of course what you said was tongue-in-cheek.


  4. Elvin Stewart says:

    My letter to Gov. Cuomo : Thank You for Banning the practice of Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State. If we could only stop the dumping of ‘ Out of State ‘ chemical waste in our rural communities,and get the TEXAS GAS interests out of the salt mines in SENECA LAKE, can we hope to a certainty to protect our air, our water, and our decency for our children to ponder in a safe future.


  5. pystew says:

    Nixon, as you said was hardly a liberal, also signed the Endangered Species Act.


  6. Barbara Griffin says:

    Hurray for New York!!!


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  8. Reed is not just a corporate tool, but he’s a liar. Saturday he claimed in a town hall meeting that he supports “disclosure” for campaign finances. Then he got called out for it by a constituent who pointed out that he has a “zero” rating on this. Reed does not appear to have cosponsored any bills supporting disclosure.


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