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Cuomo’s racial-discrimination claims will hurt him in election: GOP sources

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Republican strategists are crowing that Gov. Cuomo made a major political blunder last week when, joining with the Rev. Al Sharpton, he attacked GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino for allegedly supporting racial discrimination in Westchester County.

The explosive charge, in Democratic TV ads and party statements, focuses on claims by HUD, the federal housing agency Cuomo once headed, that County Executive Astorino isn’t abiding by a 5-year-old agreement requiring Westchester towns — including the one in which Cuomo lives — to change their zoning laws to encourage the building of “affordable housing’’ for lower-income residents.

“For Cuomo to play the Sharpton race card this early makes him look weak and scared and I think it backfires on him,’’ a prominent GOP strategist told The Post.

“To try to turn defending local zoning in Westchester into a racial issue is an attack on all of suburban New York, including on Long Island, where HUD is trying to do the same thing, and that’s a winning issue for Rob in November.”

The strategist said Astorino won 25 percent or more of the normally heavily Democratic...

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Most Democrats "have supported fracking," Schumer says

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By Jon Campbell   May 5, 2014 in The Democrat & Chronicle

Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday said most Democrats across the country are in favor of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, but he was careful to defer to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision-making process in New York.

When Schumer noted an increase in domestic oil and natural gas production in the states, host Joe Scarborough asked Schumer about the potential for natural-gas production in New York through fracking. New York sits...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 44, May 5, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes Energy Section 5/2/2014  

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

Hmmmm…let’s think now….what is happening in Texas that radical protesters and compliant public policymakers are preventing from happening in California these days?  Did you answer “What is a massive shale oil and natural gas boom?”  If so, you...

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New York State Prohibits Hydraulic Fracturing, But Subsidizes Solar

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By Institute for Energy Research 5/2/2014 

The Marcellus shale formation runs from West Virginia, through Pennsylvania and into New York. In West Virginia and Pennsylvania, natural gas production is booming, but not in New York. The reason for that is nothing to do with geology and everything to do with politics. Since 2008, New York has imposed a moratorium on the hydraulic fracturing necessary for natural gas production from the Marcellus.

The irony in New York State is that its...

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The Supreme Court Dims the Lights on Coal Power

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April 29, 2014 in Bloomberg Busuness Week 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate air pollution from coal-burning power plants. The 6-to-2 decision written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hands the Obama administration what is arguably its biggest environmental victory in its effort to use the Clean Air Act as a tool to fight global warming and reduce carbon emissions.

At issue was whether the EPA...

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New Fracking Fluid Disclosures Weaken Trade Secret Claims

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By Keith Goldberg in Law 360, New York, April 30, 2014 

Oilfield services giant Baker Hughes Inc.'s recent announcement that it will reveal all of the chemical ingredients in its hydraulic fracturing fluids is the latest sign that energy companies are more willing to make that information public and could make it harder for still-hesitant firms to convince regulators that they need trade secret exemptions, experts say.

Baker Hughes said Thursday that the disclosures of the...

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State panel blocks ban on fracking waste imports

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I am always amazed and disappointed with the ignorance of many glory seeking politicians. They pick a cause and accurate or not they spout the rhetoric of their minority constituency. Thank goodness there are at least some wiser more cautious pro-job legislators in control.JLCpulse

By Kyle Hughes, NYSNYS News Posted: 04/29/14, in The Saratogian

ALBANY >> A state Senate committee killed a bill banning the importation of hydrofracking waste into New York Tuesday, with the sponsor...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 43, April 28, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes 4/28/2014

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

You may have noticed we have an oil boom going on right now in Texas.  Forbes writer Chris Helman has noticed, and he offers some great advice to the folks in my home state:  Dear Texas:  Enjoy the Boom, Just Don’t Mess It Up – You used to see a bumper...

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New York Taxpayers To Pay $333K Per Megawatt Of Solar Power

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This bit of news should anger any user of electricity in New York State. Public subsidies for inefficient energy alternatives have failed in numerous states and most notably in Germany. Energy users cannot afford to carry the weight of developers profits in a technology that only works when the sun is shining, there are much better alternatives. If the cost for solar power had to be carried by investors we assure you there would be successful and viable power from the sun. When paid for at no...

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Oil & gas industry ready to contribute millions to Astorino

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By Fredric U. Dicker in The New York Post 4/28/2014

Republican challenger Rob Astorino, badly trailing Gov. Cuomo in campaign cash, expects “several millions of dollars’’ in windfall Super PAC funding from across the nation as a result of last week’s federal court ruling in Manhattan, GOP insiders say.

Some of the funding is expected to come from wealthy oil- and gas-industry executives furious at Cuomo’s nearly 3¹/₂-year delay in making a decision on “fracking’’ for natural gas in the...

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Why Cuomo is no longer invincible

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By Mark Cunningham in The New York Post Opinion 4/27/2014

As his run for re-election starts to gear up, Gov. Cuomo is in surprisingly weak shape. With a huge war chest in a heavily Democratic state, he’s still the odds-on favorite — but he’s suddenly looking a lot more vulnerable.

Here are 10 big reasons why the governor has to worry.

  • He burned Mayor de Blasio. Sure, he made himself look good to centrist voters by humiliating the new herald of progressivism on both pre-K and charter...

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Latest on JLCNY Lawsuit Against NYS and Governor Cuomo

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
I'd like to share a report from a landowner who attended the 04-25-14 court hearing in Albany. Please pass this along to any and all supporters.
 
The following is a broad overview and a layman’s account of the court action. The plaintiff parties (our side) brought an Article 78 action against the executive branch. Roughly, an Article 78 asks the responsible party in government to obey the law. In our case, we asked various elements of the...

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Surprise! The United States is positioned to become a rising star in manufacturing.B

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By Fred Barbash in The Washington Post April 25, 2014

After years of hand-wringing about the expense of making things in America, a new report from the Boston Consulting Group says that’s all changing. The shift is due in part to stagnant wages — at least that’s potentially good for something — and to a greater extent, the abundance and declining cost of natural gas.

In fact, there’s a bit of a role reversal underway.

Five economies generally regarded as low-cost bases for manufacturing...

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In New York, gas drilling and vineyards already co-exist

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Published April 23, 2014 in Syracuse.com
 

Joseph Massaro, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is spokesman for EnergyInDepth.org, an educational outreach arm of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

By Joseph Massaro

In response to the April 8 commentary, "Finger Lakes winemakers to Cuomo: Ban fracking in New York":

The Finger Lake region wine and agriculture industry has long co-existed with oil and natural gas development and both are vital to the New York's Upstate economy...

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Massive Rally To Attend 05-06-14 in Harrisburg

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Most of you have probably heard by now about the gigantic pro-gas rally being held in Harrisburg on Tuesday, May 6. It’s a very critical event to demonstrate to leaders in NY, PA, and Washington how much support there is for natural gas development, especially in areas where DRBC action is required and, we hope, now possible with a new Executive Director coming on board in a few months. This is why it is so important to get as many supporters to the...

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Shale boom: Pipeline welders make $150,000 in Ohio, while liberal arts majors flounder

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BY Michael Bastasch 4/23/2104 in The Daily Caller

The economy is tough, especially if you have a liberal arts degree, writes Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. While liberal arts majors are forced to take low-paying jobs, pipeline welders are making six figures thanks to the country’s oil and gas boom.

“Too many young people have four-year liberal-arts degrees, are thousands of dollars in debt and find themselves serving coffee at Starbucks or working part-time at the mall,” Mandel wrote in the Wall...

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Fossil fuels have made the earth cleaner, not dirtier

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By Michael Bastasch 4/22/2014 in The Daily Caller..........

 

Tuesday marks the 44th Earth Day and the planet has never looked cleaner thanks to fossil fuels.

Environmentalists often use this day to warn that using fossil fuels, like coal and oil, will continue to harm the planet and cause global warming. But government data shows that the U.S. has become greener even as fossil fuel use exploded.

“The incredible advances in human flourishing and economic growth over the past two and a...

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Siena Poll: WFP challenge would damage Cuomo’s margin in November

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By Laura Nahmias 5:30 a.m. | Apr. 22, 2014 in Capital

ALBANY—As Governor Andrew Cuomo heads into the spring and summer campaign seasons, he holds a commanding 30-point lead in a hypothetical matchup against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, but that lead would be cut in half if a liberal third-party candidate enters the race, according to a newly released Siena Poll.

If Cuomo faces Astorino alone, he would likely win with 58 percent of the vote to Astorino’s 28 percent. A...

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Democrats need to replace Andrew Cuomo

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By , Published: April 16 in The Washington Post Opinion 

New York’s Democrats are a liberal lot. Ever since two young state legislators, Al Smith and Robert Wagner, authored the pioneering bills that outlawed a host of labor abuses in the wake of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, New York’s Democratic elected officials and voters have been at the forefront of social reform. As governor, Franklin Roosevelt initiated public works and public jobs programs that became a...

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Dems won’t support Cuomo for president in 2016: sources

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By Fredric U. Dicker  April 21, 2014 in New York Post 

Gov. Cuomo, long known for his presidential aspirations, won’t enjoy the support of his own Democratic Party if Hillary Rodham Clinton decides not to run for president in 2016, top state Democrats have told The Post.

The Democrats said Cuomo’s worsening relations with his party have led many to look elsewhere for a presidential standard bearer, should Clinton not run.

He has had issues almost daily in recent weeks with Mayor...

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‘Mass exodus’ from Cuomo administration expected post-election

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It would be very wise for any professional considering a job in NY to first imagine themselves as a puppet to a micro-managing, egocentric governor and what that would mean to their career and any notion that they might be an independent thinker. It really appears that no one who works at a high level for NY State has the privilege of original thought and professional independence. JLCpulse

By Pat Bailey  April 21, 2014 in New York Post

ALBANY — A “mass exodus” is expected from the...

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) April 15, 2014 - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a decrease in energy consumption and fuel switching from coal to natural gas.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday published the United...

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