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New York State and Renewables

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New York State's population is shrinking. In the year ending on July 1, 2018, New York lost more than 48,000 people. People leave New York State to avoid high taxes. In the case of upstate New York, they leave to escape perpetual recession. In upstate Rochester, New York, the home of the bankrupt Kodak, the median house price is $75,000, and 33% of the population is poor.

Ironically, New York is sitting on vast potential mineral wealth in the form of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. These formations yield vast quantities of oil and gas when properly exploited using hydraulic fracturing (fracking). But fracking is not allowed in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has proudly forbidden fracking, presumably in order to gain favor from the crackpot green segment of the Democratic Party. As a consequence, residents of New York living near the border with Pennsylvania often commute to jobs in the Keystone state.

Exploiting shale hydrocarbons involves drilling and fracking. Naturally, there is some disruption, but the disruption is minor compared to the value of the wealth unleashed. The crackpot greens magnify and exaggerate every potential problem. They even mislead, as in the movie Gasland, where a man lights his water faucet on fire. The implication was that fracking caused natural gas to mix with the water supply. But the area chosen already had natural gas in the water long before fracking was involved. An overview of the many crackpot organizations opposed to fracking can be seen at the........

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