"The unintended consequences of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s global warming crusade are hitting close to home—literally", according to a story by the New York Times and reprinted in The Daily Signal.
"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."
"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..."
"Local officials and businesses worry that Con Edison’s decision will derail major development projects that rely on natural gas for heating..."
"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", says The Daily Signal.
"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."
"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 environmental activists happy, and he’s not done yet..."
"Cuomo’s goal is 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040..."
However, most of New York’s electricity comes from natural gas and nuclear power..."
"Pipelines are needed to get natural gas to customers, energy companies say, and there aren’t enough to reliably meet demand, especially during harsh winters", reports The Daily Signal.
"Con Edison said Cuomo’s policies have chilled construction of new pipelines in the region..."
"The pipeline bottleneck in New York also put pressure on New England states that heavily rely on natural gas..."
"“The Northeastern states are cutting their own throats, and their leaders are doing it with a green knife,” Kish said..."
"...Cuomo’s office blamed Con Edison’s poor planning for the natural gas shortfall..."
To read the complete Daily Signal Article, go to: https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/03/22/consequences-of-cuomos-climate-agenda-hit-close-to-home-his-home/