Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R
Walter Hang is a paid fractivist organizer for the Park and Rockefeller families – New York’s gentry class – and he’s being protected by the press.
Walter Hang is fractivist shill for some very rich people who want to starve Upstate New York out of existence. They not only don’t want any fracking; they’re against even bringing natural gas to the region. They want to stop pipelines. They are using Walter Hang to manipulate public opinion and co-op our legislators. The press, meanwhile, protects him.
Recently, Fox 40 News in Binghamton, New York did a story about 22 state legislators who have made a job-killing call for a moratorium on anything to do with with fossil fuels. They naively want to stop any new pipelines, compressor stations, natural gas power plants – you name it.
Barbara Lifton is leading the charge, aided and abetted by Walter Hang, who is referred to in this story as others simply as an “environmental activist.” Walter Hang is no mere activist. He’s a highly paid fractivist organizer for the wealthy Park Foundation and the Rockefeller family. He has, in fact, received well over $2 million in payments from them (through the Sustainable Markets Foundation).
Fox News also reported Vestal, New York’s own Donna Lupardo was one of the 22 legislators willing to sell out the Southern Tier. This prompted me to call into the Bob Joseph talk show on Binghamton’s 1290 AM talk radio station. I challenged Donna, over the air, to a debate about her support for a measure that would cut off our energy supply. I knew she wouldn’t; she’s a fence-rider when it comes to gas drilling and jumps from one side to the other depending on what she supposes is popular at the moment. Debates aren’t her thing.
Anyway, after I made this on-air challenge, I backed it up with a message to Lupardo and copied WNBF Radio 1290.
To Donna Lupardo
NYS Legislator Vestal Binghamton
I invite you to discuss your recent signature with Walter Hang of Toxic Targeting in stopping fossil fuel infrastructure such as pipelines and compressor stations in NY On radio 1290 already ok’d with Bob Joseph (HOST) I believe all interested parties on both sides of the fence would like to hear this discussion and your stance on the issue. I believe in a democracy governed by representatives of the people should be willing to engage in civil debate especially when there is disagreement on the subject matter.
I received a letter in my mailbox from none other then Bob Joseph asking that I call him. I did so. He then called back and this is pretty much how the conversation went:
Bob Joseph: Hi, Vic! Would you be willing to debate with Walter Hang this Thursday on air.
Me: Yes, Bob I would.
Bob Joseph: Ok, but Walter has a few rules.
Me: Rules, Bob? I thought the only rules were no swearing and name calling. You have always said that.
Bob Joseph: Well, for this debate Walter doesn’t want any personal attacks. Stick to the subject matter only – climate change.
Me: But, Bob, does that mean I can’t bring up the fact that I have never received monies for my advocacy and Walter has received over $2 million for his?
Bob Joseph: NO! You have to stick to the topic of climate change.
Me: But, Bob, the money is his incentive. The people listening need to know that.
Bob Joseph: There will be no discussion on how much Walter was paid.
Me: Well, can I at least bring up the fact that Walter heats both his home and his business with natural gas.
Bob Joseph: NO!
Me: Then, if I can’t tell the story of Walter then I can’t debate him. It’s a no for Thursday
Bob Joseph: OK, Vic. Thanks for returning my call. Keep in touch.
I didn’t record this call but I wrote as much of it down as possible while it was fresh in my mind and that’s the substance. Walter Hang doesn’t want anyone to know his game and WNBF is willing to play along. This is how fractivism spreads. Those who deal in it can’t admit who they really are and the press protects them from challenges. They get presented as “environmental activists” when they are but paid shills.