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Can’t Not

November 12, 2014

You’re a kick-ass governor who repeatedly took on entrenched interests and won.  When you started, you made a list of all the areas where your state was ridiculously out of whack. Pension costs. Medicaid spending.  Numbers and salaries of public employees.  Property taxes. The upstate economy.   No, you didn’t make the problems disappear, but you made things better and more manageable in each of the areas and, as a result, the state’s in better shape than it’s been in decades.

You still have to tackle education, where performance is inadequate despite spending levels that are far greater than any other state.  But you’re up for that. You know the powerful teachers unions will oppose you.  You know you’re in for a nasty fight. But you’re game. More than that, you’re looking forward to it.

This is who you are. This is what you do. You don’t need love from people. You don’t care in the least if advocates and others are upset.  You want results. That’s all that really matters.

Yeah, this is who you are – and you’re proud to be that way.

At the same time, you’re … what? You’re afraid of fringe enviros, the fracktivists?  You’re cowed by them? You can’t decide what to do?

Based on who you are, how can this be so? And how can it be so based on the merits?

New York is the only state in the nation with developable reserves of natural gas that isn’t moving forward.

These gas reserves exist only in a rural part of the state where restricted development would have zero impact on population centers or environmentally sensitive areas.

The region where the development would occur has the lowest job growth in entire nation over the last decade and not doing anything for the people there is almost a crime.

All the leaders of your political party say that natural gas development is an extraordinarily positive development that is good for both the economy and environment. The president reached an historic agreement with the Chinese on reducing greenhouse gas emissions predicated in part on natural gas substitution.

But no, never mind all of that. You’re going to let the people who disrespected you over the last three years win.

Then again, no you’re not. Hell, no.

You’re going to move forward with a pilot program in New York. You’re going to proceed with extreme caution using the most stringent regulations in the nation that include preventing drillers from using toxic chemicals in the fracking solutions and requiring super hardened well casings.

You’re going  to drill test wells in the four or five rural counties in the Southern Tier and then you’re going to spend several years studying the operations and establishing a baseline for future analysis.

You’re going to do all of this because you can’t not do it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. An Albanyan permalink
    November 12, 2014 2:44 PM

    Your assertion that anti-hydraulic fracturing advocates are “fringe enviros” is just ridiculous. Every day it gets harder to take you anonymous clowns seriously.

    • November 12, 2014 4:03 PM

      Dear Anonymous Albanyan:

      In order to read this blog, you must be a lover of spirited dialogue on public policy. You must be a person who recognizes and respects the framing of an argument whether you agree with it or not.

      You simply cannot be a reader of the blog if you’re someone who gets angry at what they’ve read, and then wants to lash out.

      But that’s what you’ve done with your snarky comment. As a result, we are revoking your reading privileges and kicking you out of the tree house. There will be no more fun for you.


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