Tell Gov. Cuomo: Ban fracking and lead on climate change.

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Stopping fracking in New York represents our best opportunity to build opposition to fracking across the country. Governor Cuomo is sensitive to national pressure, but the deadline to submit a comment is on Friday. Submit a comment now.
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Dear Friend,

As the fracking boom is expanding in states across the country, New York state represents our best opportunity anywhere to win a ban against fracking, and take a stand against this practice that is polluting water and air, endangering public health, and exacerbating the climate crisis.

Activists in New York have kept the industry at bay for years, but New York Governor Cuomo recently took a dramatic step toward opening New York to fracking by proposing regulations that, if implemented, would lift New York's moratorium on fracking.1

Governor Cuomo's fracking plan is open for public comment until Friday, and national pressure is needed to convince him to stop trying to frack New York and instead take a stand for clean air, clean water and clean energy that doesn't heat up our climate. Governor Cuomo is particularly susceptible to national pressure as he eyes a run for president in 2016.2 We need to make it clear to him that progressives across the country are watching what he does in New York.

Tell Governor Cuomo: Be a national leader on climate change by banning fracking in New York. Submit a public comment on Cuomo's fracking plan now.

Fracking in New York would dramatically exacerbate the climate crisis. Fracked gas is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leaks from natural gas wells, pipelines, and other infrastructure. Recent research suggests that methane emissions from fracked natural gas operations are so high that fracking may even be worse for the climate than coal.3

A recent report by the International Energy Agency concluded that a global transition toward fracked gas would push us past dangerous climate tipping points and into a world wracked by climate chaos.4

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo bravely spoke out about the need to prepare for climate change. Now we need to hold him to those brave words by demanding a ban on fracking in New York. Nothing else in his power would do more to address the climate crisis and prevent more fossil-fueled superstorms, droughts, wildfires, and floods.

New Yorkers have already submitted tens of thousands of public comments on Cuomo's fracking plan. Will you amplify their voices by submitting a public comment? Now is the time to send a message to Cuomo that the whole country is watching what he does next, and that we'll remember his choice when we make ours in 2016.

Tell Governor Cuomo: Be a national leader on climate change by banning fracking in New York. Submit a public comment on Cuomo's fracking plan now.

Thanks for standing up to the fracking industry.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. Tom Wilber, "Reading the regs: missing pieces confound NY gas policy. Some happier than others with signals from Albany," Shale Gas Review, December 4, 2012
2. Danny Hakim, "Cuomo for President? Who Said That? Well, Dad," New York Times, July 8, 2012
3. Jeff Tollefson, "Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas," Nature, January 2, 2013
4. Joe Romm, "IEA's 'Golden Age of Gas Scenario' Leads to More Than 6°F Warming and Out-of-Control Climate Change," ThinkProgress, June 7, 2011 and Out-of-Control Climate Change," ThinkProgress, June 7, 2011

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