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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 schools. But he also earned a black eye with the left — and made an enemy of the mayor, who after all is the top politician in a city where Cuomo needs a lot of votes come November.
  • He’s annoyed the public-employee unions. He tightened the state school-aid spigot and put in his property-tax cap, making it harder for teachers locals across New York to win higher pay. Then he pushed for test-based teacher evaluations, anathema to the unions. (Yes, the scheme never had real teeth, but unions can’t stand the precedent.) And he topped it all off with his embrace of charters — which the unions, not without reason, see as a naked bid for fat hedge-fund donations. Other unions feel burned because he...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amicus brief filed in the Court of Appeals

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Attached is the amicus brief filed in the Court of Appeals on behalf of:

JOINT LANDOWNERS COALITION OF NEW YORK, INC.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROYALTY OWNERS
NARO-NY
UPSTATE NEW YORK TOWNS ASSOCIATION, INC.
SOUTHERN TIER RESIDENTS FOR ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AND
THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE, INC.

Oral argument in the Court of Appeals is scheduled for June 3, 2014 at 2:00.  

Attachments:
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Download this file (JLCNY NARO STREI UNYTA BC Amicus Brief.pdf)JLCNY NARO STREI UNYTA BC Amicus Brief.pdf 748 kB

Chu Remains Advocate for Natural Gas, New Technology

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By  Carolyn Davis  April 14, 2014 in NGI Shale Daily  

Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a standing-room-only crowd on Monday that he continues to believe natural gas is the "genuine transition fuel," that will lead all other types of fuels in all types of applications through this century.

Chu, who was the keynote speaker Monday in Dallas at the annual Gas Processors Association Convention, served as President Obama's first Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). The dedicated...

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Window into N.Y. public health study suggests agency grappling with data

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By Gayathri Vaidyanathan, in EnergyWire 4/15/2014

The New York State Department of Health has tracked the progress of U.S. EPA's hydraulic fracturing study, gathered up information on earthquakes in Ohio and logged information about air pollution in Colorado's oil and gas fields for its long-awaited study on health effects from fracking.

New York health officials considered a collaboration with a Geisinger Health Systems-led study on shale gas development, though it's unclear whether those...

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Germany’s Green Energy Bust

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By  Will Boisvert  7/30/13 in The Break Through  

Through much of 2012, the Energiewende, Germany’s pioneering effort to construct an energy system around renewables while simultaneously phasing out nuclear power and cutting carbon emissions, was on a roll. Plunging prices and eye-popping production figures for wind and solar power seemed to fulfill all the visionary prognostications. Germany shrugged off the shuttering of nearly half its nuclear plants without a backward glance: not only...

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EDITORIAL: Needlessly capping California’s oil

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Jobs and America’s energy independence threatened by the greens

At 8 percent, the California unemployment ratealt is higher than in all but three other states. The Legislature apparently likes it that way. The lawmakers are on their way to banning a technology that could create 200,000 jobs and inject millions of dollars into the state’s economy.

A bill making its way through the Legislature would prohibit fracking...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 41, April 14, 2014

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Great research and writing in a cleanly wrapped easy to read package, We really enjoy the weekly follies and never fail to learn something new and insightful. JLCpulse

By David Blackmon in Forbes 4/14/2014

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.

 This guy writing for The Atlantic wants the United States to adopt the German model for even more massive...

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Environmentalist Foundations Fund Anti-Fossil Fuel Echo Chamber

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Here is some news that you will NEVER read in the Binghamton or Ithaca newspapers. The only people aware of this farce are insightful, informed and open to the facts, they have seen the light and  do not the believe in the fiction  produced by the no progress anti environment groups. JLCpulse
 
Nonprofit news venture shares donors with green groups it routinely cites
Offshore fracking in California

Offshore fracking in California / AP

BY:   April 3, 2014 3:00 pm in The Washington Free...

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Ohio Regulators Update Rules to Further Reduce Seismic Risk

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Today, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced there was enough information from the minor seismic event in Mahoning County on March 10th to justify new rules on well stimulation activity in the state. A strictly cautionary measure, ODNR’s new, stronger permit conditions...

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JLCNY STATEMENT REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF DR. NIRAV SHAH

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JLCNY STATEMENT REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF

DR. NIRAV SHAH FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

 

BINGHAMTON – April 10, 2014 - Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York said: “We wish Dr. Shah well in his new position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California although we are deeply disappointed that he has not completed his health review on high volume hydraulic fracturing. The State and Dr. Shah appear to have other priorities that do not include the...

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State Health Com. Nirav Shah has Enough of Andy Cuomo, Leaving NY

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Marcellus Drilling News 4/10/2014 by Jim Willis

Apparently Dr. Nirav Shah, State Health Commissioner in New York, is tired of being Andrew Cuomo’s tool–Andy’s whipping boy. For more than a year Cuomo has been able to hide behind an unfinished so-called public health review of proposed new fracking rules, proposed by the state’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In what can only be called a conspiracy, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens asked Shah for a review of the SGEIS with an eye to how...

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