Yes, we know what you’re thinking — Yoko Ono? For real? What, you didn’t know she was an expert on hydraulic fracturing?
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is becoming Hamlet on the Shale.
On Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo’s administration again delayed making a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, a controversial drilling method used to extract natural gas from rock formations like the Marcellus Shale, which extends from the Appalachian Mountains to New York.
Controversial? Well, only with extremist nutcases like Matt Damon and this washed up hag whose only relevance is she married John Lennon about 43 years ago. But these lunatics kick up enough fuss and a vacillating twit like Cuomo, who has further ambitions beyond Albany, has to play the hard-left base of his party. So screw the economy.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has been under review by state regulators since before Mr. Cuomo took office in January 2011. But the governor has had difficulty deciding, vacillating between allowing gas drilling in the Southern Tier of New York — near the Pennsylvania border — and continuing to ban it. In a letter on Tuesday, the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Nirav R. Shah, said that a review by his agency of the potential effects on health from the drilling was continuing, and he recommended that the administration not move forward until it was completed.
Without the report, the state will not meet a deadline this month to issue a new environmental impact statement, and that will likely require it to start the regulatory process over and begin a new 45-day comment period.
Of course, more delays. Forget about the fact wherever fracking is done there’s no proven harmful effects, but plenty of economic benefits. But this in a nutshell explains why most blue states are in dire economic conditions. They’re so cowed by the environmental extremists of their own making they can’t use the slightest bit of common sense and ignore them. It’s not as if these Luddites are going to vote for the Republicans.
On Tuesday, figures like Donald Trump and Yoko Ono weighed in on the latest development. Mr. Trump posted on Twitter: “NY should frack now. What’s the hold up? Is Albany opposed to creating jobs and making gas cheaper for middle class?”
Ms. Ono said in a statement, however, “Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for taking time to do a more complete health study.”
Ono, of course, is a scientific expert. In her mind.
“I’m sure that some people convinced them it’s going to be all right,” Yoko says about Team Cuomo’s initial fracking-friendly stance. “But how would he know? He’s not a professional engineer or anything. But I think, by now, he has a little more knowledge about it. I really believe he’s an incredibly intelligent governor. You can’t say that about all politicians.”
And what are her engineering credentials, exactly? Meanwhile, more self-appointed experts will be outside the White House today pressuring Obama to scrap the Keystone pipeline, which he already wants to do anyway.
Activist Bill McKibben and actress Daryl Hannah also are participating in the protest.
Environmental groups want President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline, saying it would carry “dirty oil” that contributes to global warming.
Obama, meanwhile, plans to lose hundreds of thousands of job by pushing for an increase in the minimum wage. We’d have an economic boom if Keystone were approved and fracking took place wherever the resources were. But he didn’t even mention that in his lecture last night.