By Richard Downey in New York Post -- Opinion, 2/5/2015
Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has killed development of New York’s natural-gas resources, will he also kill a vital pipeline that would bring much-needed gas to the New York City area and the rest of the Northeast?
Cuomo’s fracking ban extinguished the best hope for reversing a decades-long economic decline in the Southern Tier. So we have every reason to fear he’ll slap average New Yorkers yet again to appease the same ideologues.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is considering whether to issue final permits for the Constitution Pipeline, which would bring Pennsylvania gas into New York and onward.
It should be a slam dunk. Last year’s frigid winter exposed the fact that existing pipelines can’t bring in enough gas to meet high demand — which sent costs skyrocketing.
And demand is only rising, especially in New York City. Will Cuomo do the right thing, or will he slam us with needlessly higher energy bills?
It should be a no-brainer.
But for some, it’s Armageddon. At DEC hearings on the pipeline, the “hydrocarbons bad, renewables good” ideologues swarmed the podium to spread utterly false tales of...