“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.“
Tom Reed in 2013:
Reed sang the praises of natural gas and hydrofracking last February (2013) when he became co-chairman of this (Natural Gas Caucus) caucus when he said: “Our country has been blessed with plentiful reserves of natural gas – reserves that will supply America with long-term, low-cost energy. The opportunities are endless for economic growth through the direct and indirect jobs created by natural gas development and its importance in New York’s 23rd District, and across the country, cannot be overstated. Along with my co-chairmanship of the House Manufacturing Caucus, I expect to be able to highlight the importance of development through the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus and the way it intertwines on both fronts. The development of domestic natural gas has already proven to be a game-changer for U.S. manufacturing and the Natural Gas Caucus will highlight ways to generate quality, good-paying American jobs.”
Tom Reed in 2022:
The United States has the energy resources to knock Russia out of the oil and gas market entirely, but we don’t use those resources because of President Biden’s partisan pandering to the environmental extremists of the Democratic party. Instead of pandering to extremists, we must take the bold actions needed to ensure an evil dictator like Putin and other adversaries existing on the horizon know we will ensure peace is achieved through strength. — facebook Feb. 26, 2022
Rep Claudia Tenney, who seeks to succeed Tom Reed in office, is even more extreme:
Democrats and green activists have played right into Putin’s hand. Here in upstate New York, the Utica Shale remains inaccessible due to self-defeating Democrat policies. Now, amidst the unprecedented backdrop of Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war on a sovereign nation, we can, and should, pursue safe natural gas exploration in upstate New York. In addition, the Biden Administration must restart construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and re-open federal lands to oil and gas exploration to drive down prices at the pump. — facebook March 4, 2022
For these Republicans, oil and gas interests are all-important. Fracking is presumed to be safe. Greenhouse gasses are a myth. Those seeking to keep the planet liveable are “environmental extremists.”
Interest in hydraulic fracking has been dormant in NYS for years now, but the threat remains.
The last time that I checked Reed’s financial disclosure report, he still owned the land that he bought for fracking. Never forget that Reed initiated a bill that would require states to reimburse land owners who bought land for fracking and were unable to frack on their land due to state bans on fracking. Res ipsa loquitur.
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Tenney knows that if she acts like an extremist, she’ll do well in the 23rd. She’s using all the buzz words that attract GOP voters. Keep an eye on who/what is funding her campaign.
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One thing I learned from Reed . All Democrats are pure evil.
And R’s certainly know from playing into Putin’s hand.