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Message to You, Andrew

by The Staff on January 8, 2014 · 1 comment


Photo by Erin Pihlaja

Amid the hubbub of State of the State day at the Capitol, as many as two thousand demonstrators lined a long section of the Empire State Plaza Concourse yesterday (Wednesday) to remind Gov. Andrew Cuomo that if he bows to industry and lifts the moratorium on hydrofracking in New York state, the issue will dog him throughout his political life. Cuomo, assumed by many to be positioning himself for a presidential run, has tested the political winds and taken relatively bold stands on gun control and same-sex marriage (and, just now, a fairly timid one on marijuana-law reform), but has yet to show his hand on fracking. “We’re telling him to ban fracking, a total ban right now,” said rally organizer Sandy Steubing of MoveOn Capital Region. “If we can get this accomplished here in New York, if we can get Cuomo to do the right thing, it’s going to be a national story, and it could have an add-on effect for renewables. . . . In my opinion, this was a national rally we had today here in Albany—this is a pivotal moment for fracking and for all of fossil fuels.”


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