Under Pressure From ‘Expert’ Yoko Ono, Gov. Cuomo Delays Decision on Fracking

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 at 7:42 am

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.

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14 Responses to “Under Pressure From ‘Expert’ Yoko Ono, Gov. Cuomo Delays Decision on Fracking”

  1. Steve S. on 13/13/13 at 9:23 am

    ” It’s not as if these Luddites are going to vote for the Republicans.”

    No, and it’s not as if Conservatives were going to vote for Obama. They just stay home…

  2. Blue Hen on 13/13/13 at 9:33 am

    The governor was quoted as saying, ” I had little choice. She threatened to sing! What else could I do!?!”

  3. arminius on 13/13/13 at 10:03 am

    Of course, her car is a V-12 Mercedes sedan. I know this because I’ve seen her get in and out of it on several occasions. I don’t begrudge her this: the woman’s husband was assassinated in front of her. If you’ve experienced something like that, and you can afford it, it makes sense that your get-away vehicle be the torquiest/horsepoweriest beast you can get your grubby little fingers on.

    But the bottom line is, she drives around Manhattan in a V-12 Mercedes. One time I saw her go from her home at the Dakota to the B+N at Lincoln Center. So that’s maybe, what, 4 blocks? So her moral standing to lecture us on our gas consumption and where and how it is obtained is rather small.

  4. Captain Obvious on 13/13/13 at 11:18 am

    It seems Yoko owns a Bentley, at least in ’07 she did:

    YOKO ONO will never use an environmentally friendly car – because they are not as comfortable as her Bentley.
    The wife of late Beatle John Lennon has snubbed the Hybrid car – which is popular with Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Leonardo Di Caprio for its low pollution levels – in favour of travelling in luxury.
    She says, “Can someone make Hybrid cars as comfortable as a Bentley, please?”

    But did any of the little people think she actually would modify her own behavior one whit in deference to her own environmental demands on others? That’s for the hoi-polloi, not our own self-appointed cultural leaders.

  5. MT Geoff on 13/13/13 at 12:19 pm

    Governor Cuomo, like his father, is against wealth that comes from actually producing valuable goods and services. He seems to be fine with inherited wealth and with artistic wealth, though. Of course they depend on wealth that comes from valuable goods and services.
    So Cuomo wants to block fracking anyway. Then his “cool” friends like the Widow Lennon tell him that fracking must be bad, so it’s all the easier for him to work at delaying it. Delay it long enough and it goes away.
    On a tangent: this is how DemBamaCare is going to work, because it’s how all government health care programs work. Care will be available if you can survive the waiting list. It’s even been called “ration by waiting list” by those who are honest about it. This is “kill development by delay”. Then Cuomo will complain about how the wealthy invest in every state except his.

  6. MT Geoff on 13/13/13 at 12:22 pm

    Governor Cuomo seems to like artistic wealth, like that of the Widow Lennon, and inherited wealth, like the Kennedys have and I think his own wealth. Productive wealth seems to offend him.
    So he wants to block fracking already. When his “cool” friends like Matt Damon and the Widow Lennon tell him fracking is bad, he will try to kill it by delaying it until the wealthy investors decide to go elsewhere and actually invest.
    Then he’ll gripe because there’s too little investment in New York.

  7. rich b on 13/13/13 at 12:31 pm

    So now Yoko Ono is an expert in oil and gas exploration? The next thing someone is gonna try and tell me is she’s a world class beauty, artist, and singer. WTF!

  8. mike191 on 13/13/13 at 12:49 pm

    “…Hamlet on shale…” should be on every pro fracking Tee-shirt, poster… Moreover, anyone who bases any public policy on the whims of yoko ono,fracking expert, should vacate the office of governor.

  9. John on 13/13/13 at 1:55 pm

    Obama’s re-election last November totally perplexed Cuomo — with his stands against some of the public-sector unions during his first two years in office, Andrew was positioning himself for a run for president in 2016 to the right of where Obama was in the Democratic Party.

    Right now, he’s got no clue what his ’16 strategic plans are. He’s been moving back towards the left since Election Day, which explains why he continued to kick the fracking can down the road. But at the same time, he knows that New York is a name that inspires a certain negative passion in people, even some in the Democratic Party. Running for president in 2016 with his state an economic basket case isn’t going to work, either, so he doesn’t want completely rule out fracking, since he may need to go there in 2015 if it’s getting close to campaign time and the state’s economy is still in the dumpster.

  10. Mike on 13/13/13 at 2:04 pm

    I wish someone would come up with a Yoko joke to match the wit and ferocity of my favorite Beatle-wife joke:

    Q. What do you call a dog with wings?

    A. Linda

  11. Rob Crawford on 13/13/13 at 4:05 pm

    “The governor was quoted as saying, ” I had little choice. She threatened to sing! What else could I do!?!””

    There’s the “chase her into a cabin and smoke her out” option.

  12. lyle on 14/14/13 at 12:52 pm

    Ono should go on a shooting spree, kill several people including cops and minorities and hijack a remote cabin. That’s the hot new celebrity thing, I hear. Prof. Marc Lamont Hill gets an erection just pondering it.