Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
Barbara Lifton, and 21 other NY lawmakers, ask Gov. Cuomo to ban on all new fossil fuel infrastructure; a move that would send NY back to the stone ages.
Barbara Lifton is a dangerously stupid person. Dangerous because she happens to be an elected member of the New York State Assembly. She is representing the ultra-liberal bastion of Ithaca, NY. In fact, Lifton has long opposed shale drilling in the state. Her hatred of shale drilling has now spilled over and metastasized into a full-blown, irrational hatred of all fossil fuels.
Lifton and 21 other energy no-nothings in the NY state legislature sent a signed letter to Gov. Andrew “man-child” Cuomo. They are asking him to halt all state approvals of pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, and gas storage facilities. In other words, stop any more development of energy that comes from fossil fuels. Even though, last year 81.5% of all energy used in this country (and NY) came from fossil fuels. That’s the stupid part.
Barbara Lifton and her cronies are advocating that we dump the source of 81.5% of our energy. Let’s play a “what if?” game. In fact, if we stopped using fossil fuels in New York State, we would be instantly transported back to the Stone Ages, complete with mass death and disease. Ninety percent or more of the population would either have to move, or die.
Here’s the humorous part: The letter Lifton signed requesting an energy holocaust was produced on a computer made from plastics (i.e. fossil fuels) and was powered with electricity from fossil fuels. The clothes she wore at a rally in Binghamton to announce this lunacy were made from plastic fibers (i.e. fossil fuels). She got to the rally from Ithaca in a vehicle powered by fossil fuels, riding in a vehicle and on tires made from fossil fuels. You get our drift. Pure insanity.
Here’s a report about the letter, the rally, and the dangerously stupid Barbara Lifton.
Stop further fossil fuel development in New York, say 22 state legislators who are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to halt New York’s reliance on “highly polluting” energy sources.
On Thursday, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, unveiled a campaign to convince Cuomo to “adopt a moratorium on state approvals for new pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, gas storage facilities” and other fossil fuel-related development.
She introduced the proposal during a press conference in front of the Binghamton State Office Building, accompanied by Walter Hang, an Ithaca-based environmental activist who led a successful effort in New York to ban natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing.
Lifton’s request comes as the New York Independent System Operator, which operates the state’s electric grid and coordinates the distribution of adequate electric supplies from Montauk to Niagara Falls, expresses concern about the adequacy of the state’s natural gas infrastructure.
The member of the Assembly majority called on Cuomo to shape an aggressive energy conservation program to drastically reduce usage in a strategy to cut carbon emissions. She called projections that New York will soon rely on natural gas for 70 percent of its electric generation capacity “very bad news for global warming.”
An initiative to place a moratorium on fossil fuel infrastructure build-out met a swift and bitter reaction from the New York State Business Council, which called the plan “unworkable.”
“Climate change occurs on a global scale, not on a local scale,” said Darren Suarez, director of government affairs for the Business Council. “This could put every industrial expansion plan in jeopardy.”
Today, 57 percent of all proposed generating capacity use natural gas, according to a report from NYISO. In the coming years, reliance on natural gas for electric generation will only rise before sufficient supplies of renewable energy sources come on line, gas transmission line operators said.
“The growing demand for natural gas by power generators, coupled with the uncertainty over the likelihood of future natural gas infrastructure expansion, raises strategic concerns over the gas system’s ability to keep pace with the needs of natural gas utilities serving residential, commercial and industrial customers,” NYISO said in its recently released report on power needs in New York…
New York is the largest consumer of natural gas east of Louisiana, accounting for 5 percent of the nation’s consumption.
Lifton could offer no estimate for the cost of a “demand-side” energy management program, saying she is still fleshing out the details of the proposal. Keys to the effort include conservation through weatherization and a comprehensive plan to increase the energy efficiency of every utility customer class.
Editor’s Note: Jim seldom understates his case, but, in this instance, he just may have. Barbara Lifton isn’t that stupid; she’s simply craven.
Barbara Lifton is a new class of politician who knows no bounds when it comes to demagoguery. She understands full well the facts Jim cites and has zero expectation her proposed policies will be enacted. It’s all for the cameras and microphones; to make it appear she and her band of radicals are leaders in bringing about a new evolving reality.
Barbara Lifton is playing the system to maximize her appeal with the condescending academic and trust-funder know-nothing class that populates places such as Ithaca. She’s depending on others to make sure her office is warm, her home air conditioning works, her car can be fueled and the like while she takes a free ride on the fast train to limousine leftist stardom. Her Ithaca office, just like Walter Hang’s and the Park Foundation’s is served with natural gas. She’s a user; a parasite politician willing to sell her soul for the sake of her 15 minutes of fame.
Worse, Lifton is partnering with Walter Hang, who, she surely realizes, is on the payroll of the Park and Rockefeller families, having received over $2 million from them to pull off just these sorts of stunts. She is a tool of the gentry class in making a wilderness of Upstate New York for their enjoyment.