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The Constitution Pipeline has been rejected by Andrew Cuomo, who, once again, threw upstate to the wolves offering a political lesson to pipeline companies.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has once again thrown Upstate New York under the bus or to the wolves (pick your analogy) in favor of the NRDC gang and its friends. Once again Cuomo has illustrated just how little he cares about Upstate New York and how much he’s under the thumb of the NRDC gang – rich elitists from Manhattan whose homes are heated, directly or indirectly, by natural gas but who are determined to make a wilderness out of Upstate New York. Rural economies didn’t matter, jobs didn’t matter, local manufacturers didn’t matter, energy security didn’t matter, wintertime energy needs didn’t matter, prices didn’t matter and the environment didn’t matter. All that mattered was the political agenda of the New York’s biggest snobs. He has against all evidence, precedence and the advice of his own DEC rejected the Constitution Pipeline.
The ridiculous decision, couched in bureaucratic BS everyone knows had zero to do with the outcome, may be found here. I’m not going to give it the dignity of a point by point rebuttal because that plays the craven Cuomo’s game; the DEC didn’t make this decision. Rather, this decision was made by a micro-managing power-obsessed politician who imagines he’s a dictator but, in fact, walks around with a Rockefeller bull ring in his nose. It’s easy to go through all the reasons this is so, but no one who reads this blog needs that education. We’ve documented it all backward, forward and sideways.
Unfortunately, though we all had hope the decision might go otherwise, the end game was clear a year ago when Williams made an ill-advised decision to honor DEC’s request for a resubmission of its application to give the state another year it didn’t deserve to review an application it had already had for more than a year. Let me perfectly clear; whoever made that decision thinking DEC and Cuomo were going to do anything other than exploit the additional year to allow more time for opposition to build should be fired – immediately. It was incredibly naive and failed to appreciate the hardball nature of New York State politics under a governor more political and more corrupt than any of those before him.
There is no appeasing Cuomo or his NRDC bosses. There are no deals to made with them. Simply put, they must be beaten. Williams should have gone to FERC a year ago for a waiver and, instead, decided to play poker with a card shark capo. I couldn’t have more respect for Williams as a responsible pipeline company and I have the highest admiration for their local staff who worked so hard to make something happen, and had it all undermined by an incredible foolish decision anyone experienced with New York politics would have never made. It is incredibly sad and, to repeat, someone should be fired for thinking any other outcome was possible without a fight.
Where does this leave us? Well, obviously, it’s now a legal battle begun a year too late. Williams probably has a decent opportunity to prevail in court, which will be a much fairer venue than a New York DEC under the thumb of Cuomo. But, it all means still more delay and it was unnecessary. Meanwhile, this is a good time for labor unions cheated by Cuomo to re-examine their support for the man. He’s put the interests of the Park and Rockefeller families above those of labor and it’s long past time for unions to recognize who their friends are and who their enemies are. Perhaps such an awakening is one of the good things that can come out of this truly despicable decision. One hopes the unions see what a cowardly, craven decision this was; released as a Friday afternoon news dump in hopes it will get as little attention as possible.