January 6, 2013

COVERUP FAILS: Fracking Safe in NY State, Says Leaked Report. “Thanks to a leak from an anonymous insider, we learned Thursday that a report commissioned by the State of New York has given fracking a clean bill of health. The insider ‘did not think it should be kept secret’ and released the document, which is now nearly one year old, to the New York Times.”

Remember when the authorities used to cover up dangers? Now they’re covering up news that fracking is safe, because that harms their political agenda.

Still: “This is very good news. Contrary to green fears that fracking is a mortal danger to both humans and the environment, this report finds exactly the opposite, arguing that fracking “can be done safely within the regulatory system that the state has been developing for several years.” With the environmental concerns largely settled, the ground is now set for New York to claim its share of the energy revolution and the jobs and industry that come with it.”

Except that the Greens are still complaining. They’re science-deniers. It’s a Green War On Science!

UPDATE: A reader emails:

You know who John Hanger is, right? Former DEP secretary for PA governor Ed Rendell. The greenies loved his nomination as secretary, until he and Rendell got fracking going. He and Rendell are probably the two biggest fracking supporters in the Democratic party, and they’re liberals. Fracking is a huge success in PA.

The Ds constantly complain that Republicans aren’t stepping across the aisle and compromising, but they, strangely, never seem to offer up this as an example of Democrats doing it as a way to shame the Rs. I wonder why. Maybe it’s because Rendell and Hanger picked the wrong issue and left the party reservation.

Probably.