Allowing fracking would just create more pain for our state. The earth’s temperature is already above where it should be because of global warming — in May, scientists announced that we’ve hit the highest levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere in three million years — and we’ve already experienced plenty of destruction in New York as a result.
The International Energy Agency has concluded that increased global dependence on natural gas will lead to global warming-induced temperature increases of about 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by 2035. That will mean more floods and pain in the already-battered communities of central and northern New York.
Cuomo is right that we need to invest in infrastructure that will stand up to our inevitably warmer future. But we must also do all we can to stem the rising tide of climate change and limit as much as possible the devastating and costly effects it will bring to our state. As any doctor would note, before a patient can be stabilized, the bleeding must be stopped.
As a governor who watched large swaths of his state destroyed by hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and by ever-increasing rain that causes floods like we experienced last month, he should know better than anyone that something needs to be done to stop global warming.
In addition to expanding his NY Sun initiative and other renewable investments, banning fracking is a critical place to act.
JULIE HUNTSMAN, DVM, is a member of the Otsego Town Board.