Consequences of Cuomo’s Climate Agenda Hit Close to Home. His Home.

The Daily Signal | 3/22/2019 | Staff
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The unintended consequences of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s global warming crusade are hitting close to home—literally.

The utility Consolidated Edison put a moratorium on new natural gas hookups across parts of Westchester County including Mount Kisco, site of the Democratic governor’s residence, according to The New York Times.

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Con Edison’s decision is no surprise to energy experts critical of Cuomo’s blocking of major gas pipelines and banning of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York.

“Gov. Cuomo has been mandating the Green New Deal dream in New York, and now it’s turning into a nightmare for people forced to pay twice as much for oil heat instead of natural gas,” Daniel Kish, a distinguished senior fellow at the Institute for Energy Research, a free market group, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Local officials and businesses worry that Con Edison’s decision will derail major development projects that rely on natural gas for heating. It also means homes looking to get off relatively expensive heating oil will have to wait.

“It’s just a question of how people are going to be able to heat their homes and cook their food with the energy that’s available right now,” Con Edison spokesman Michael Clendenin told the Times.

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The natural gas moratorium was announced in January and went into effect March 15, sparking a rush to get applications for natural gas hookups filed before it was too late.

Cuomo banned fracking in 2014 after years of study and delay. Cuomo said the risks to New York’s groundwater and public health were too great, despite Pennsylvania moving ahead with extracting oil and gas from shale.

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In the years since, the Cuomo administration has blocked major natural gas pipeline projects. At the same time, however, natural gas was becoming an increasingly important part of New York’s electricity and heating mix.

Cuomo’s policies have made...
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