Cuomo to Turn Southern Tier “Green & Clean”

During the State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared “New York State is  establishing itself as a national leader in homegrown clean energy innovation and investment“. Then he proposed that the NYS Budget includes $20 million to be earmarked for a competition to create “new clean energy projects in the Southern Tier”. Cuomo Renewable-Energy-300x297continued, “The competition will take advantage of the region’s abundant natural resources, a burgeoning advanced manufacturing sector, reliable research and tech-transfer capabilities, as well as business training and improvement programs already in place.”  The action would be similar to Buffalo’s  $5 million competition to create innovated Start-Up Companies in 2014, in which had almost 7,000 entries.

This proposal seems to be filling the economical-growth void created by banning  hydraulic fracturing in New York State last December. At that time Governor Cuomo said“I don’t think jobs should have to come at the cost of public health, and we can come up with an economic development strategy for the Southern Tier that develops the economy, produces jobs, but doesn’t put public health at risk.

Our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed has yet to comment on the Governor’s proposal. Reed has been promoting the Southern Tier’s viability of developing  into a manufacturing region based on using natural gas. Reed has coined the phrase “Energy Revolution” and supports the “all-of-the-above energy strategy” which includes Green Technology. Will Reed praise Cuomo for his efforts to improve the upstate economy?

***UPDATE***

(1/22/15)

Rep. Reed has commented on his opinion of the State Of The State. The answer to my question–No, he does not praise Governor Cuomo for his efforts to improve the upstate economy! Read the entire tirade here.

Realizing that agriculture is critical to the New York State economy, the Governor is investing in Southern Tier farms. Cuomo is proposing $30 million for the preservation of farm land in Allegany, Steuben, Chemung, Tioga, Broome and Chenango counties. Landowners will be offered a one time payment of $500 an acre if they sign an easement promising that the land will remind farm land for the next 25 years.

Upstate voters have not been kind to Governor Cuomo. The anti-Safe Act-ers, or the anti-hydrofrackers, or pro-hyfrofrackers all could justify reasons to vote against him. Cynics could say that he is playing politics and either trying to buy votes or (somehow) run for President in 2016 (or 2020 or 2024).  Or he could be doing his job and trying to bring prosperity to the Empire State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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25 Responses to Cuomo to Turn Southern Tier “Green & Clean”

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    I was able to listen to some of Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State speech today. The only place he falls in my opinion, is his penchant for charter schools.
    I’m very pleased with Cuomo’s offer to farmers, and I hope they are too. I’m thinking of one specific organic farmer, who blames the Governor for cheating him out of millions of dollars because of the NYS fracking ban. Perhaps he could take that $500 an acre offer and resume a healthy organic farming life..(hint: he was Tom Reed’s guest at the SOTU speech last night)/

  2. pystew says:

    And Reed wants NYS Taxpayers to pay his buddy the millions he is suppose to be losing.

  3. Deb Meeker says:

    Ha! Well then, maybe I can get Reed to lobby for me to be reimbursed for any military contracts I may have lost due to the government shutdown he voted for?

  4. Anne says:

    I’m glad to see a bit of help thrown at family farms, since we lose way too many of them to begin with. That $500 isn’t what the gasholes are likely to promise the landowners (and those promises generally don’t come to pass, you can ask someone who’s been through it) but without fracking, the land will still be usable, which it would not be once those wells are allowed to happen. But am I to extrapolate that, if fracking ever comes to town, the taxpayers will reimburse me for the cost of my property, which will become uninsurable and unsaleable at that point? Hmmm….

  5. BOB McGILL says:

    there are hundreds of farms with gas wells on them and the money helps pay the farms property taxes

  6. BOB McGILL says:

    Studies Highlight Top Sources of PollutionAbigail W. Leonard | November 05, 2006 04:54am ET
    ” From melting ice caps to acid rain, most environmental damage is caused by a very short list of consumer products.

    A new study finds that 70 to 80% of all environmental degradation comes from three major categories of goods: transportation, food and home energy use.

    The finding is based on eleven studies in a special edition of the Yale Journal of Industrial Ecology, which looked at the environmental impact of major product groups. The studies varied in design and methodology, but their lists of culprits were similar.

    The top three biggest polluters, according to the study:

    •Transportation, especially cars and planes
    •Food production, meat and dairy in particular–was another.
    •Energy production for heating, cooling and running household appliances

  7. BOB McGILL says:

    the solution to polution is ” NO PEOPLE ” 🙂

  8. Anne says:

    They aren’t hydrofracked wells, Bob, but thanks for playing.

  9. Anne says:

    Tom’s use of the phrase “King Cuomo” is both puerile and an embarrassment–to us and to him, if he had the intelligence to be embarrassed. Why do you suppose he has anything to say about what is a state matter?

  10. pystew says:

    Before we get rid of the people, maybe we should try having a smaller carbon footprint. Electric cars, solar and wind energies pop up in my mind…and seems to in our state’s leaders, too. They believe in Science.

  11. pystew says:

    Reed uses that term of disrespect to rile-up the groups who he needs to support him–the radical right–the Tea Party, the Repeal the SAFE Act supporters. Reed speaks up against decisions made in NYS Government that he disagrees with (i.e. SAFE Act, Protecting the Environment (Fracking Ban). Actions that he agrees with (LPG Storage) he invokes the State’s Rights mantra.

  12. BOB McGILL says:

    THEN WHAT WOULD YOU EAT ? we are going to have to produce twice as much food as we do now, by about 2050.

  13. BOB McGILL says:

    but didn’t people ask him about ” STATE MATTERS ” can’t have it BOTH WAYS 🙂

  14. BOB McGILL says:

    BUT THEY ARE HYDROFRACKED, just mostly verticle, but there are a lot of horizontal
    wells too. http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/46288.html
    What are horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing?
    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are legal and common in New York. The majority of wells in the Marcellus Shale will be hydraulically fractured.

    A horizontal gas well. Image courtesy Brad Cole,
    Geology.com Horizontal drilling has been used in New York since the 1980s. A “horizontal well” is first drilled down vertically to a depth above the target gas-bearing rock formation. Special tools are then used to curve the well so that the hole is drilled horizontally within the gas-bearing rock for up to several thousand feet. Ten percent of DEC’s 2007 well drilling permits were for directional and horizontal wells.

    Except for special tools used underground, horizontal drilling is performed using the same equipment and technology as vertical drilling, with the same protocols in place for aquifer protection, fluid containment and waste handling.

    Hydraulic fracturing consists of pumping a fluid and a propping material such as sand down the well under high pressure to create fractures in the gas-bearing rock. The propping material (usually referred to as a “proppant”) holds the fractures open, allowing more gas to flow into the well than would naturally. No blast or explosion is created by the hydraulic fracturing process, which has been used in New York since at least the 1950s. Hydraulic fracturing technology is especially helpful for “tight” rocks like shale

  15. pystew says:

    Bob, I asked Joe Hoff, a leader in the Anti-Frack movement around Keuka Lake about your constant accusations about the history of fracking. Here is his response.

    “Fracking has been used to blast pathways for water wells, and vertical wells for quite some time. The degree of magnitude is the basic difference. A vertically fracked well for gas uses a max of 80,000 gallons of water while horizontally fracked (HVHF) drilled wells can range from 3 to 8 million gallons of water used.

    The technology for drilling on a HVHF basis was generated back in the 1990’s while gas drilled wells have existed for 75 years. Industry types claim that HVHF drilling has been around for 60-70 years. They try to cloud the issue by saying that they have been around from our grandparents time. They are lying.”

    You can use whatever term you want. You know what was pumped into the wells in the 1930’s and 40’s is not the poisonous soup that New York State has banned. Get in the current discussion and we might take you seriously.

    Here is a link to Joe Hoff articles we have posted on the New NY 23rd.

  16. pystew says:

    Thomas Malthus came up with the same theory in 1798, when he wrote: “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man”.

    Science and progressive thinking leaders have improved agricultural methods. Many refuse to give up. Many Americans are practicing sustainability techniques, like buying locally, using geo-thermal and solar energies, that help the situations.

    Yes, many countries do not have the favorable conditions we have, but there are movements to improve their lands.

    Find out more about Thomas Malthus.

  17. BOB McGILL says:

    the DEC has had a complete list of the chemicals, used in fracking, on their web site for years.
    So the DEC has been lying on their web site for years according to Joe Hoff, and the DEC geologist lied too. OK

    for the intellectually deficient, all of my posts consist of direct quotes from the DEC

  18. BOB McGILL says:

    http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/46288.html
    What are horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing?
    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are legal and common in New York. The majority of wells in the Marcellus Shale will be hydraulically fractured.

  19. pystew says:

    Bob, it is common knowledge that the drilling of the 1950’s and today are much different. You can not believe that they used the poisonous soup and the massive amount of water sixty years ago like they are using today.

  20. BOB McGILL says:

    pstew reminds me of some of the teachers we had in the 60s. After failing at everything else in life they decided to teach 🙂

  21. BOB McGILL says:

    I did NOT say it couldn’t be done ! Why do you always go back a hundred years or two to support your argument ? 🙂

  22. BOB McGILL says:

    I think you are about to find out that since the Feds approved the project the state can’t stop it. 🙂

  23. BOB McGILL says:

    the poisonous soup you talk about is nothing more than common everyday chemicals used in every household in the US. These same chemicals are used in cosmetics, hair care products, as food preservatives, cleaning products, swimming pool chemicals, even tooth paste.

  24. BOB McGILL says:

    but, but ,but, the number one problem the planet faces today is OVER POPULATION, and your answer is a windmill or solar panel. None of your solutions do anything to fix the population problem.

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