For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 18, 2013
New Yorkers Against Fracking Statement in Response to Quinnipiac Poll on Fracking
In response to today’s Quinnipiac Poll showing more New Yorkers opposed to fracking than supportive of it, New Yorkers Against Fracking released the following statement, from Julia Walsh, a spokesperson for New Yorkers Against Fracking:
“This poll confirms whatmany recent polls show: New Yorkers don’t want fracking in our state, knowing that it threatens our water, air, food, and climate, despite millions of dollars inpropaganda by special interests like ExxonMobil. Governor Cuomo should listen to the people of New York, rather than the big oil and gas lobby, and heed the science, not the ads.
“The more New Yorkers learn about fracking, the more they oppose it, no matter how much money the gas industry spends on manipulative advertising, campaign contributions and lobbying. The fact is that residents of our great state are looking at the evidence, which shows the disastrous consequences of fracking, and listening to our medicalexperts and scientists who are unified in raising serious concerns and calling for additional study.
“Just this week, the Medical Society of the State of New York reaffirmed its call for a moratorium on fracking and the need for the state to perform critical studies to determine the health risks. Inaddition to the Medical Society, other prominent healthorganizations have made the same call including the American Academy of Pediatrics of NY and the American Lung Association of NY, as well as hundreds of leading doctors, scientists, and health professionals. In other states where fracking has happened, reports of sickness, contamination, and serious health impacts have grown more and more frequent.
“This is not surprising, given the carcinogen, toxic-driven nature of the fracking process. Whether it’s tens of thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals used per frack, thousands of dieseltrucks spewing carcinogenic exhaust amidst schools and residential communities, high levels of radiation, or the fact that it is devastating for our climate, fracking is inherently dangerous. Governor Cuomo should say no to fracking and instead pioneer renewable energy and efficiency, making New York State a national leader in sustainable energy while creating good, long-term jobs.“
• Knowledge of fracking is at a high point, according to the Quinnipiac poll
• Belief that fracking will create jobs is at a low point, according to the Quinnipiac poll
• Belief that fracking causesenvironmental damage is at its second highest point, according to the Quinnipiac poll
• Opposition to fracking is at its highest point, according to the Quinnipiac poll
• Opposition to fracking remains strong across all regions, with little variation in the percentage of people opposed (46% upstate, 47% in NYC, 44% in the NYC suburbs)