By Dana Rubinstein in Capital NY 4/24/2013
"When you start looking at things like fracking or
nuclear power plants in the context of 'is it good or bad
politics,' then we can't come up with an intelligent design," said
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today.
It appeared to be a veiled swipe at Governor Andrew Cuomo, who,
in the face of divided public opinion, has dithered on whether to
allow New York State to move ahead with drilling for natural gas in
the Marcellus Shale.
"No matter what you think about fracking or nuclear policy, you
have to have something that's done on real science and a real
assessment of the benefits and the risk," said the mayor, during a
speech marking the launch of Columbia University’s new Center of
Global Energy Policy on Wednesday morning.
Polls indicate New Yorkers are evenly divided on the issue, and
Cuomo, who is extremely attuned to such things, has been
uncharacteristically flummoxed about whether or not to move forward
with hydrofracking in New York State.
“Chris, fracking is a 50-50 political decision—literally 50-50,"
he told New York magazine's Chris
Smith recently, adding, "All the polls: Half support, half oppose.
If it’s 50-50, where’s the political decision?"
When Smith asked if if it wasn't Cuomo's job to lead, rather
than merely to follow the polls, he said, "I don't know."
“A well may end up being poisoned a year from now—and then
what?" said Cuomo. "A child falls into a well casing, or there’s an
explosion. I don’t want the...