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Claptrap

This isn't the Wild West, you know.  Or is it?

We and our contributors have mentioned more than once one of the more ludicrous objections to hydrofracking in this neck of the woods...the problem of—gasp!—transients.  You know, those people that drive up the price of housing, cause traffic jams, engage in public drunkeness, wreaking havoc near and far and then leaving destruction in their wake as they hightail it out of town.

Sorta like students.

The Ithaca Journal ran a piece by Jon Campbell, 'splainin' why DEC Commissioner Joe Martens decided "to delay a decision on hydrofracking and further assess its health impacts..."

That makes it sound as though Babs Lifton and her fellow travelers got their way.

Not so much.

If you have the patience to stick with the entire article to the bitter end, you find out that "Martens dismissed requests from environmental and medical groups to hire an outside, nongovernmental group to perform a health assessment..."

So what actualy happened?

It went more like this:

...The groups would require that DEC conduct an outside health study that would determine the outcome of the final decision. I reject that demand. I believe it is highly likely that some of these groups will pursue litigation following the conclusion of the Departmental process if they do not agree with the outcome.
 

I believe deferring to an outside group or entity would be an inappropriate delegation of a governmental responsibility. Government is the public's independent reviewer: that is the essence of the current process. To suggest private interests or academic experts bring more independence to the process than government is exactly wrong. Many experts in this field have an opinion - pro or con- which could influence the process. Nor could one ever be sure that there weren't potential conflicts of interest with outside consultants if they were to actually direct the outcome. It is the government's responsibility to ensure objectivity and a review directed by DEC and the Department of Health is without bias.
 
The Governor's instructions have been clear from the outset - let the science determine the outcome...
 
...Accordingly, I have asked and NYS Health Commissioner Nirav Shah has agreed to assess the Department's health impact analysis. I have also asked Dr. Shah to identify the most qualified outside experts to advise him in his review. While the review will be informed by outside perspectives on the science of hydrofracking, the decision-making will remain a governmental responsibility....
One could raise the question of why we can't consider the experience of other states where hydrofracking goes on and where health impact studies have already been conducted, rather than spending NYS taxpayer dollars re-inventing the wheel. 
 
But never mind.
 
So what exactly are the health impacts of hydrofracking that we need to be afraid of?
 
Hilarity ensues.  At the NYDN:
In their desperation to block Gov. Cuomo from giving the okay for fracking in New York...the enviro-activists have demanded that state officials explore an alleged link between fracking and — we kid you not — syphilis.

They argue that a drilling boom would draw an influx of male workers from other states who would engage in activities of a kind that would spread sexually transmitted diseases...

And that increased truck traffic would not only lead to more road fatalities, but would also — again, no kidding — discourage people from getting the outdoor exercise they need to stay fit.

This is absurd...

...What fracking opponents really want is not a study of imagined risks, but many more months of wheel-spinning in Albany — and additional fodder for litigation...

...The opponents tried to push DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens into hiring a public health consultant to check out the danger of venereal diseases and all the rest.

Smartly, he went only so far as to ask Health Commissioner Nirav Shah to review whether DEC has appropriately considered health concerns...
The jig is up, anti's. People are only just barely able to stifle their laughter. 


h/t South of 5 and 20, UB, & Publius

The Plot Thickens...

...an essay by contributor and Tioga County resident Jerry Troeger.  You can't make this stuff up.

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In a recent link posted by Nick Schoonover of the Tioga County Landowner’s Group captioned “Follow The Money Trail”, some light was shed on the well-funded and well organized opposition to natural gas development, especially here in New York State.  However, evidence suggests that there is far more to the story than most people are comfortable talking about and its implications are ominous.  I ask you to consider the following:

In spite of his remarkable business accomplishments, wealth and powers of persuasion, George Soros is not anyone that I particularly admire or trust. His rise to power reads like an excerpt from a political strongman’s handbook.  He likes to manipulate things, including the economies of whole countries like Czechoslovakia, and his financial ambitions nearly broke the Bank of England.  In terms of his vision for the future, Mr. Soros is also one of main architects of the proposed ‘New World Order’.  If you are not familiar with the concept, it provides for one World Government, one World Bank and by definition, one ruling class.  There is little doubt as to where the rest of us fit in. In short, this is Socialism on a global scale. My main concern is that his radical vision of the world ‘as it should be’ may someday become our reality. 

I cherish my right to free speech and welcome the opportunity to pursue my dreams. Anything less is not what the Founding Fathers of our country had in mind for us when they crafted the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  In this fundamental way, there are numerous grounds for disagreement between our two philosophies.

Within his vast financial empire, Mr. Soros and his constituents are heavily invested in foreign energy importation.  He makes a lot of money on the fuel we purchase so the more we are dependent on foreign energy, the more money he makes.  Insuring that investors like himself are able to leverage these markets effectively requires extensive capital and cooperation at the highest levels.  He has both.  And although I will not directly accuse anyone in government of collusion, it seems odd that any efforts to lessen our dependency on foreign sources of energy are being shot down on a regular basis.  Somewhere, there must be a method to this madness.

The proposed Keystone oil pipeline from Canada for example, which would have cut  oil prices drastically in the U.S., provided thousands of jobs and increased our supply, was indefinitely delayed by the White House over ‘environmental concerns’ when nearly every credible analyst called its implementation absolutely safe and a ‘no brainer’ for the betterment of our economy.  The same is true with regards to natural gas development in our area.  We are being strategically bogged down in a sea of bureaucracy and indecision while millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on worthless ‘Green Energy’ schemes that have led to little more than bankruptcy.   They have also fattened the pockets of many of our elected officials and their families. It’s all just a bit too cozy.  And if you ask yourself whose interests all of this serves, I do not think you will find your name on the list.  I know mine isn’t.

Bringing things closer to home, there are more thought-provoking facts to consider right here in New York State.  When Governor Andrew Cuomo first took office, he appeared to be receptive to the possibilities associated with natural gas development.  He then appointed Joseph Martens as the new Commissioner of the D.E.C., replacing Pete Grannis. Not long afterwards, Cuomo had a change of heart and began to back away from the gas industry as a whole. The curious thing here is that, prior to his appointment, Martens spent twelve years as the head of the Open Space Institute, an organization founded and funded by none other than George Soros.  The question then becomes: was the Martens appointment one of merit or one associated with an agenda?

The recent (and ongoing) influx of over 16,000 letters to the D.E.C. in opposition to natural gas drilling is being solicited by the well-funded and politically motivated MoveOn.org, another Soros affiliate.  And the infamous Walter Hang who, in my opinion, is a hack whose job it is to stop gas development by any means with his ‘truth be damned’ policy and deceitful approach to ‘public awareness’, is in part being funded by environmentalist groups with ties to…you guessed it…George Soros.  You do not have to be a rocket scientist to connect the dots—and this information is readily available on the Internet for anyone to see.  All you need do is take the time to look.

The controversy over natural gas is not about the water we drink, I assure you.  This country and most modern countries throughout the world use natural gas in over ninety percent of its households.  Historically, gas has been used for heating, lighting and cooking for over one hundred years yet we still have an abundance of good, clean water readily available at our fingertips.  What does that tell you? Supporters of the natural gas industry have systematically debunked all contrived fears over the drilling issue and the SGEIS is one of the most comprehensive and enforceable energy regulation documents ever written, yet inexplicably the battle rages on.

Getting back to where we started, let’s paint this picture in broader strokes. In order to fundamentally transform any society, the first thing you need to do is to disrupt the existing one in as many ways as possible.  The economy is always a good place to start because it makes the job much easier.  Conversely, one of the LAST things you want to do is inject money into that society because it makes the job much harder.  Money empowers people, stimulates their creativity, boosts the economy and reinforces their sense of self-worth and individuality.  Most people understand this and are eager to work for the things they want because they have goals that can be achieved in a Capitalist society. It is what makes this country great.  But does this in any way fit the profile of a Socialist philosophy?  Or is it simply an obstacle on the road to transformation and control?

No matter which end of the political spectrum your core beliefs fit into, there is the possibility that aspirations for a global transformation by a powerful few could be at the heart of the domestic energy issues we are currently facing nationally, as well as locally.  Of course, I could be wrong.  But the evidence is suggestive and it raises more questions than answers.  In other words, when things don’t make sense, I wouldn’t be too quick to bet the farm until I knew the whole story.  Right now, none of us do and that’s my point.

If it is in fact the footprints of Global Socialism we are seeing on our doorstep, then the pieces of the puzzle will begin to fit and there would be reasonable cause for concern.  Time will bear witness to the truth.   It always does.  I only pray that while we are able to do so, the decisions we make now are the right ones.  If we are wrong, we may not get a second chance.

It is said that “The truth will set you free!”  Now more than ever, it may be the only thing that will keep us free. We owe it to ourselves and our children to find out what that truth is. 

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See related One of Nine posts here and here.

 

Seward steamed about boiler regs

State Senator James L. Seward got hot under the collar about the way the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is going about regulating outdoor wood boilers (OWB) which some people use to heat their homes.

Seward sent letters to the DEC asking for a full public review of regulations in order to "ensure a proper balance between clean air and allowing upstate residents to make use of affordable, renewable energy sources like outdoor wood boilers.”  Seward points out that the process has been closed to elected officials and the public, and the revised regulations were not even posted on the DEC website two days in advance of a scheduled vote.  
 
Just when people are looking for renewable energy options and alternatives are getting much more expensive, new regulations raising costs and limiting options are being rushed through before the public can read them and comment... sounds just like the way Congress works.
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