Robert Redford cuts 5 new anti-fracking ads

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A group of hydrofracking opponents and critics is out with five new radio ads that begin airing today, all of them narrated by Oscar-winning director and actor Robert Redford.

Redford, who has long been outspoken on environmental issues and recently cut a film on the Colorado River system, speaks of various concerns about fracking in the five radio spots, which will initially run in the Southern Tier, Hudson Valley and Albany region. They’re being funded by Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and actress Debra Winger.

“This is Robert Redford,” he says in one ad. “New York faces an urgent decision: Whether to begin hydraulic fracking, a process that blasts toxic chemicals into the ground to release natural gas. It would be a dangerous mistake. Fracking is a bad deal for local communities.”

The ad ends with Redford urging listeners to call Gov. Andrew Cuomo “and tell him fracking is a bad deal for New York.”

The Cuomo administration, of course, is locked in a review of high-volume hydrofracking that includes both the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health. No permits can be granted until that review is complete.

Here’s one of the radio spots:

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  1. Based on the last version of both the SGEIS and the regulations we saw fracking would be a bad deal for New York as there were numerous flaws in the regulations and in the SGEIS on which the regulations are based. More important, NYSDEC is nowhere near being adequately staffed with trained personnel to do the on site field supervision that would be required.

  2. I am a lifelong resident of New York. I am a property owner, a tax payer, and have never been an activist until I learned about fracking. I have been independently researching the issue for over three years. The process of high-volume hydraulic fracturing poses a serious threat to New York’s drinking water and clean air. It further presents a threat to New York’s economy, which relies heavily on agriculture, wineries, and tourism. Governor Cuomo should listen to the majority of residents, small business owners, and taxpayers within the state who support a continued ban on fracking- not just for the New York City and Syracuse watersheds- but for ALL of New York. Thank you to Robert Redford, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, and Debra Winger for funding and producing an ad that represents the people of New York.

  3. The Immorality of “No Frackers”

    Lets face it we all use fossil fuels. There is no argument there. Some of the most vociferous people I have met are environmentalists deprived of their fossil fuels. They remind me of the fat kid stuffing candy in one side of his mouth while out of the other he tells us how unhealthy it is. Whereas I don’t heat my bedroom and keep my home at 60 degrees in the winter I note that most my environmentalist friends keep their homes at a comfortable 66 degrees or higher. Ironically many of them have air conditioning for the summer as well. All it takes is a quick drive through any city to realize that 90% of the people are using cars for transportation. IN addition many of these environmentalists take vacation to exotic environmental sites which results in burning extreme amounts of fossil fuels in the jets they travel on. NO The fact of the matter is not many environmentalists have “Gone Amish” (too much work). So there is no argument – we all consume fossil fuels.

    There is also no argument with respect to obtaining fossil fuels. This process requires mechanical systems operated by humans. Such systems are subject to failure. This is clearly evidenced by recent events in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, The North Sea and Nigeria.
    These two facts would have no bearing on our current situation were it not for the reality that we now have the potential to develop local energy resources. This ability to extract local energy coupled with the refusal to do so because of risk develops a moral dichotomy for those who continue to consume fossil fuels. So lets just be clear about what “No Frackers” are saying.

    They are going to continue to consume fossil fuels, however, since obtaining these fuels does involve some risk they expect the poor and disenfranchised people in other parts of the world to assume that risk but not them. “NO FRACKERS” need to examine their sequestered, out of touch, self centered, comfortable lives and understand that their consumption of fossil fuels developed elsewhere in the world is equivalent to blood money for diamonds. I suggest they learn about Nigeria and other third world countries and what is occurring there all in the name of providing fossil fuels for their pampered existences. When one also couples this with the fact that we are expending immense amounts of energy to transport fossil fuels from around the world to our local area one can only arrive at one conclusion.

    It is the zenith of moral hypocrisy to refuse to develop our own resources while we expect the poor and disenfranchised to take risk with their environment all in the name of continuing our extravagant life styles.

    I have had no frackers make the counter argument THAT it makes no seNse to destroy “two” environments.

    Their very argument though makes my point. No Frackers are consuming fossil fuels as much or more than the next person and they are not going to stop We agree that there is risk and we agree that this risk needs to be monitored – Now who is best capable of monitoring that . The brilliant enviornmentalists of this area or the illiterate masses of Nigeria?

    However, to say I will lead an extravagant life style burning fossil fuels but expect the poor and disenfranchised to take risks with their environment while I refuse to do the same is immoral and taking advantage of the weakest . INdeed it it like saying farms may pollute the water therefore I expect the third world to produce food and give it to me ………… while they starve.

    We are now running trucks on natural gas and Boone Pickens is making a play to begin running all big trucks on natural gas. Doing so will reduce the amount of money being sent into regimes that support terrorism. One then has to ask the question “Would you frack to save a life?”

    The hypocrisy of “no frackers” is not only moral it is intellectual as well. There are greater risks to our ground water than fracking. Gas stations and home oil tanks can leak, trucks carrying fuels can crash, and farmers and homeowners place pesticides and fertilizers right into the ground water – yet we accept all of these. If “no frackers” were intellectually consistent then they would advocate banning all of these but that may impact on their pampered existences … so they dont.

    This hyporcrisy has permeated the environmental movement. Year ago we had people flying in jets to anchorage – renting piper cubs to fly out ANWR where they would stand in their gortex coats telling us how we have to reserve this for the average person. Ironically if every average person flew in a jet to anchorage and rented a piper cub for a two way trip to ANWR we would burn more oil than what is there.

    Outdoor wood boilers were outlawed in New York State. So yuppies in large cities can have fires in their fireplaces for ambiance but poor rural people cant have one in an outdoor boiler to keep warm. This epitomizes the out of touch sequestered intellect of the environmentalist movement – “Let em eat cake.”

  4. Thanks, Robert Redford, for helping to spread the truth about fracking and for amplifying the voice of New York’s grassroots-led anti-fracking movement. The fact that more than 200 local community groups have formed across the state out of concern for what fracking means for their families and communities is telling. Those groups, through grassroots petition and education initiatives, have succeeded in already passing more than 140 local fracking prohibitions, indicative of how much opposition there is across the state, opposition which stems from the science and facts which show that fracking cannot be done without jeopardizing our health, environment, and economy.

  5. Robert Redford is a short, left wing trumpet on any issue. He has his 100 million dollars and could care less that you don’t have a job.

  6. How can people still be so ignorant as to believe that, if fracking were to be permitted in NY, there would be thousands of jobs created? It has been made clear that the natural gas compamies bring in their own itinerant workers who are skilled in the processes involved in fracking. There are some jobs created, mostly short term, but not thousands. And the gas is already planned to be shipped overseas to places like France and China, countries who understand that the technology is too dangerous for THEM to permit on their soil, but who will be willing buyers as the USA destroys its environment, all in the name of the almighty dollar. So it is not going to help with our demand, nor with our economy, especially when you take into account the cost to taxpayers for all the damage to the roads, and the cost for health care for all the sicknesses caused by the poisoned water and air for miles around fracking wells.

  7. My thanks to Robert Redford for speaking on behalf of the grassroots movement to ban fracking in NYS, who’s objective is to educate and influence awareness. The gas industry’s deception that one of the main benefits of Fracking is job creation is pervasive and cunning but overshadowed by the destructive and consumptive nature of the process. I would like to applaud all those responsible for this compact ad, namely Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and Robert Redford, but anyone else who may have contributed to it’s creation.

  8. My thanks to Robert Redford for speaking on behalf of the grassroots movement to ban fracking in NYS, who’s objective is to educate and influence awareness. The gas industry’s deception that one of the main benefits of Fracking is job creation is pervasive and cunning but overshadowed by the destructive and consumptive nature of the process. I would like to applaud all those responsible for this compact ad, namely Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and Robert Redford, but anyone else who may have contributed to it’s creation.