Three news items appeared in the New York press today which, together, will probably turn your favorite liberal into a ecstatic whirling dervish. And when the local loopy left celebrates, residents and business owners in the Empire State should be concerned.
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed an offshore natural gas facility he thinks is vulnerable to terrorism. Forget that many facilities like this operate safely along the coast and they’re well protected (because we’re not idiots). He's also quite certain that the facility, built to facilitate distribution of one of the Earth's lowest carbon fuels, may hurt the environment.
The deep-water docking station known as Port Ambrose was to be built 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. Liberty Natural Gas LLC, the company vying to develop Port Ambrose, said the port would allow it to inject natural gas into the New York-area pipeline, which could lower home heating bills there, among the most expensive in the nation.
Also yesterday: Cuomo's Department of State moved to shut down the Indian Point nuclear plant.
Secretary of State Cesar Perales officially rejected Entergy's request for a Coastal Zone certificate on Nov. 6... Perales wrote in his letter to Entergy that the plant has been "damaging the coastal resources of the Hudson River" for the past 40 years... Other issues raised by Perales in the denial letter included the plant's proximity to two active seismic faults as well as to the nation's most heavily populated area and its drinking water source.
Again, they're claiming environmental protection when nuclear energy is virtually carbon free. And again, they're claiming safety concerns when the facility is built to withstand earthquakes larger than any that have ever occurred in the region.
Killing a natural gas facility will end many New Yorkers' chance at a lower heat bill; closing down Indian Point eliminates an important low-carbon source of affordable electricity. How the Hell do they want us to keep warm? Windmills?
But making progressive policy decisions that, in turn, cost residents more and damage the economy isn't just a downstate disease. In Buffalo, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz reportedly will pass a series of liberal, anti-business policies at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and the business community is not pleased.
“It’s a substantial threat to the ECIDA’s ability to be part of the renaissance,” Gallagher-Cohen said. “It’s not any one of these policies. It’s a death by 1,000 cuts.”
“It could be harming the very thing we’re trying to do, which is to create jobs in Erie County,” Rath said.
Carl J. Montante, the president of Uniland Development Co., said he knows of two companies, which he did not identify, that no longer are interested in potential locations within Buffalo because of the IDA’s new policies.
Cuomo and Poloncarz are doing this for politics. They're appeasing their liberal base, but perhaps for different reasons: Cuomo is just pandering for votes; Poloncarz may actually believe this mumbo jumbo. Make no mistake: Cuomo and local leaders like Poloncarz are why New York State is such a hard place to live and do business.