You’d think that a Fordham-educated politician like Andrew Cuomo would be able to understand simple math. Apparently, that’s above his pay grade. According to this article, Gov. Cuomo either is too dishonest to tell New Yorkers that his policies have led to this looming crisis or he’s too beholden to the environmental activists to do the right thing for the average New Yorker.
New York, California and Minnesota especially need to stop with their outright disdain for fossil fuels and mining. It isn’t healthy but it is counterproductive. Here’s what’s happening in New York:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down last week on his blame-the-messenger approach to New York’s growing shortage of natural-gas supplies by ordering the Department of Public Service to “broaden its investigation” of National Grid and threatening to “find another franchisee.” Anything, rather than admit that his own policies are at fault.
The utility has stopped taking new gas customers in parts of Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens where it can’t handle the new demand — because Team Cuomo vetoed the proposed Williams pipeline to bring in supplies from New Jersey. (Jersey is also blocking the pipeline, since Gov. Phil Murphy is appeasing the same green extremists.)
National Grid gave months of warning that it would need to impose the moratorium if fresh supplies weren’t ensured. Con Ed did the same in advance of its recent new-biz moratorium in most of Westchester, which was also prompted in good part by the nixing of new pipelines.
Gov. Cuomo’s policies are mainstream Democrat policies. That’s the problem. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2,000,000 voters, idiotic ideas can pass because they’re that month’s flavor-of-the-month trend. It doesn’t matter if the policy hurts 200,000-400,000 people. If it’s trending in popularity, that’s what matters in New York. Whether it fixes anything is irrelevant. This is what Gov. Cuomo gets excited about:
That photo says one thing to him — reelection. That’s all he cares about. He won’t care about the crisis until it hits. Even then, he’ll do as little to fix the problem as possible. Most likely, if he acts, it will be a short-term fix.
Democrats aren’t about doing what’s right for the long-term. They’re mostly about maintaining power.