New York State should become a national and international leader in renewable energy and efficiency. Just as the Hudson Valley has long led the nation in addressing environmental and public health problems, the Hudson Valley is poised to help lead New York State in swiftly transitioning to clean energy. In the wake of devastating natural disasters including Lee, Irene, and Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo demonstrated that New York leadership by acknowledging climate change and vowing to lead on it.
In addition to disastrous health, environmental, and economic impacts, fracking operations greatly exacerbate climate change. In addition to carbon dioxide emissions, science shows that significant methane leaks (a particularly potent greenhouse gas) from fracking operations mean that natural gas from fracking is as bad or worse for the climate than coal and oil. From a climate change perspective alone, allowing fracking and building out a supportive infrastructure is contradictory to Governor Cuomo’s vow to lead.
Hudson Valley United Against Fracking seeks to work with and support Governor Cuomo in leading on climate change.
The threat of fracking has spawned an unparalleled grassroots mobilization across and in every part of New York State. That powerful movement stands ready to pivot toward supporting a bold transition to renewable energy and efficiency, and the many jobs that would come with such a move.
Recent research indicates that it is possible for New York State to transition as far as to 100% renewable energy by as soon as 2030. See an analysis in the New York Times and more on Huffington Post. This goes to show that New York State does not need to sacrifice New Yorkers and parts of our state to dangerous and destructive fracking operations. Instead, New York could seize this critical moment in time to aggressively invest in long-term, sustainable energy and jobs that simultaneously address the already disastrous consequences of climate change.
That’s the vision of New York that lives up to the legacy of the Hudson Valley and the spirit of New Yorkers everywhere.