Study confirms environmental upsides of well-regulated gas drilling
Now that President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have toured New York, it is worth considering the goals we should have for the 21st century, the role natural gas could play and what is broadly at stake. The world is watching New York.
The mindless war on fracking
Five years ago last week, then-Gov. David Paterson, citing environmental concerns, temporarily banned large-scale fracking, the natural-gas extraction process that can spur thousands of jobs for New York. Today, alas, there's no sign the state will lift the ban anytime soon - despite a lack of evidence that fracking is unsafe.
And now they're opposing today's most exciting technological breakthrough, shale energy technology - aka "fracking." Their spokesman is Josh Fox. And July 8th, to worldwide fanfare, HBO broadcast his latest manifesto, Gasland, Part II.
It seems that New Yorkers would rather listen to Natalie Merchant sing of happiness and sign feel-good petitions created by Yoko Ono than deliver real jobs to the more than 700,000 people out of work in their state.
Water that burns. It has a natural history in New York that goes back to 1669.
What anti-frackers must be forgetting are the lives at stake due to problems caused by not using hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas.
When a government watchdog as knowledgeable as Steven Greenhut, a Bloomberg View contributor, writes that California deserves to knock New York out of last place in rankings of state business climates, it's tempting to agree. If only he had a stronger case.
More than 800,000 New Yorkers are currently unemployed. Since 2001, at least 1.6 million people have left the state. That's the highest number of any state in the country.