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Eco-group takes aim at Cuomo, 2016 in newspaper ad

By Bob Downing Published: September 6, 2012
Here is the Wednesday press release from Food & Water Watch on the ad it placed in today's Charlotte Observer aimed at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his upcoming decision of hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
 
A number of grass-roots Ohio groups were among the 100 partiesd that signed the notice to Cuomo.
 
Here is the group's press release:
 
Washington, DC – The national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch has taken out a full-page ad in the print edition of tomorrow’s Charlotte Observer warning New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that his future presidential prospects will be seriously hindered by any decision to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) – the highly controversial natural gas drilling method – in New York State. The ad, which is cosigned by more than 100 organizations from across the nation, will greet Gov. Cuomo as he arrives in Charlotte to attend the Democratic National Convention.

 
The ad, which will run in the paper’s “Main News” section, can be viewed here.

 
“For months, Democrats in New York have been warning Governor Cuomo that allowing fracking will harm his presidential ambitions. Now he’s hearing from progressives around the country that this will definitely be an election issue in 2016,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter in a recent blog post directed at the Governor. “What will it take for him to listen to his base instead of the oil and gas industry?”

 
The ad comes as Cuomo’s consideration of fracking in New York generates ever-increasing national attention. In August, eleven national groups, including Greenpeace, Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation, signed a letter to Cuomo urging him to halt the state’s fracking approval process indefinitely.

 
“As residents of the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Iowans pay very close attention to candidates’ records,” said Adam Mason, state policy director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund, a cosigner of the ad. “Governor Cuomo should pay attention to the fact that Iowans care a lot about clean air and water, and they know that fracking pollutes.”

 
“In North Carolina, where most of our counties finally meet federal ozone pollution standards, we don’t want to move backwards by creating more smog and cancer-causing pollution through fracking-related drilling and transportation,” said June Blotnick, executive director of Clean Air Carolina, a cosigner of the ad. “We need national leaders who will oppose this extreme form of fossil fuel extraction and move us quickly toward a clean energy future.”

 
In New York State, a broad coalition of consumer, environmental, labor, business, faith and community groups are applying ever-increasing pressure on Cuomo to ban fracking. A recent poll of the state’s likely voters found that pluralities of Democrats and upstate residents (who would be most directly and most immediately affected by fracking) oppose the practice. On August 27 more than 1,500 people rallied at the State Capitol in opposition to fracking.

 
“The road to a safe climate is paved with solar panels, wind turbines and efficient buildings, not fracking wells,” said Phil Aroneanu, U.S. campaigns director of 350.org, a cosigner of the ad. “Gov. Cuomo can be a leader for New York by stopping dangerous fracking in its tracks, and showing the country what a real clean energy economy looks like.”

 
“New York and Ohio’s water quality is at stake, as Ohio could become a dumping ground for New York’s fracking waste,” said Nathan Johnson, staff attorney for the Buckeye Forest Council, a cosigner of the ad. “We hope Gov. Cuomo chooses a clean and healthy future instead of short-term profits.”

 
The Charlotte Observer ad is not Food & Water Watch’s first advertising effort targeting Gov. Cuomo. On August 22 the group launched a significant television ad buy in New York’s Southern Tier that highlighted startling facts about the failure rates of fracking wells over time. The buy blanketed the five Southern Tier counties where reports suggest Cuomo is considering allowing fracking initially.

 
To view Wenonah Hauter’s blog regarding the ad, or the ad itself, click here.
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