Natural Gas NOW
Andrew Cuomo gets thrashed by the New York Post in an editorial properly berating him for being “poised to destroy thousands more upstate jobs” by killing the Constitution Pipeline.
The New York Post seldom mince words, of course, whether one agrees or disagrees with them and I can find myself on either side, depending on the situation. When it comes to Cuomo’s mendacity with respect to oil and gas issues, though, and especially his delaying tactics on the Constitution Pipeline, I couldn’t applaud the Post more for their editorial on the subject. It speaks for itself in terms of clarity and neatly sums up the situation and the facts surrounding it. Will the Governor cave to the NRDC gang and other elitist special interests or will he do the right thing for Upstate New York. I’m not holding my breath.
Here is the full editorial:
Not satisfied with stabbing upstate’s economy in the back with a fracking ban, Gov. Cuomo may be about to twist the knife — by nixing a vital gas pipeline.
Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation has one more week to grant a water-quality permit for the 125-mile Constitution Pipeline, which would ship natural gas from Pennsylvania to New England and points in between.
But the gov’s been sitting on his hands for three years. And backers of the pipeline — a $1 billion project that promises 2,400 jobs and $13 million in local taxes — fear he may be repeating his fake-out on fracking: a prolonged stall culminating in an outright ban.
That would please anti-fossil-fuel radicals. But it would be yet another blow to New York, particularly upstate.
The state’s already the nation’s No. 4 natural-gas consumer. But that gas is mostly shipped in from Canada, the Gulf of Mexico and so on — for a price as much as double that of gas from Pennsylvania.
Last year, an Athens power plant said Constitution could save ratepayers $400 million a year. Amphenol Aerospace, with 1,000 workers, agreed to stay in Delaware County (and got state aid to do so) on the expectation of gas flowing via the pipeline.
Cuomo & Co. know the project is badly needed. Heck, the gov’s own energy plan calls for more natural gas — and actually cites Constitution. And the pipeline’s already gotten virtually all its other environmental OKs.
If Cuomo nixes it now, he might as well announce that he’ll keep on appeasing the greens even if he has to drive every last job from upstate to do it.