Originally published on LonelyConservative.com
The news that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally banned fracking in the state doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but liberals are cheering the decision. I find it especially irksome when my liberal friends go on and on about fracking as if it would have happened in their back yards. They acted like there would have been fracking in cities and busy suburbs. Oh well, now the liberals can all celebrate the lack of job creation and infrastructure improvement in this once great state.
The state had a de facto ban on fracking for the last five years as public health officials completed a highly politicized study on the well-stimulation technique’s health effects. Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking came as environmentalists stepped up their opposition to oil and gas drilling.
But fracking supporters have argued allowing more drilling would help the state’s economy, especially in the upstate regions where high unemployment and lagging economic opportunities have hurt residence and caused younger generations to flee the state.
Proponents also point to the fact that banning fracking in New York does not mean the state will stop using natural gas — the state will just rely on more fracked gas from Pennsylvania, which is seeing an economic boom because of drilling.
“New York is sitting on a major opportunity to help fuel America’s future,” Moreau said. “Just next door in Pennsylvania, more than $630 million has been distributed to communities since 2012 — including more than $224 million in just 2014.”
Pennsylvania has also gotten a whopping $2.1 billion in state and local taxes from fracking operations which has gone to improve roads, bridges, schools and public works systems. This does not include the huge sums of money paid out to individual landowners, many of whom are farmers that can now afford to stay on their land. (Read More)
Gee, some people would call Pennsylvania’s economic growth “progress,” just not the progressives.
Oh, and I won’t hold my breath waiting for the anti-frackers to stop using natural gas, or electricity produced by natural gas.
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