Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Why is Gov. Cuomo Letting a Climate Science Denier Regulate Fracking?

Energy
Why is Gov. Cuomo Letting a Climate Science Denier Regulate Fracking?

Phil Radford

Governor Cuomo relies on Bradley J Field—a climate skeptic—to head New York's Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Mineral Resources. Unfortunately, Field has proven to be out of sync with the scientific community on the environmental issue with the greatest scientific consensus—climate change. And despite this, he is responsible for making sure that New York's regulation of fracking is based on good science.

I was deeply troubled to discover that Bradley Field signed a document called the Oregon Petition, also known as the Global Warming Petition Project. The petition states "there's no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing, or will in the foreseeable future cause, catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."

Circulated by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, which has a mission of producing home schooling curriculum aimed at combating "socialism in education," the petition's main endorsers range from well-known climate change science deniers like Fred Seitz and Fred Singer, who have also denied a link between tobacco smoking and cancer, to names of characters from M*A*S*H and a Spice Girls member.

As the public official responsible for regulating the release of methane and other global warming pollution from the fracking process, it is downright frightening to think that Mr. Field is so out of sync with modern science.

I recently wrote Mr. Field and asked for his stance on climate change. For weeks now he has refused to respond to my letter, and would not take repeated phone calls to his office. I also sent a letter to Mr. Field's boss, Governor Andrew Cuomo, a letter in which I asked him:

Do you believe that Mr. Field can serve as a competent science adviser to you, considering he denies the science of global warming? As a climate science denier, Mr. Field stands in disagreement with the National Academy of Sciences, NOAA, NASA, the Pentagon, and an overwhelming consensus of accredited climate scientists.

Since methane is a potent greenhouse gas, do you, Governor Cuomo, believe that natural gas exploitation in New York threatens to exacerbate climate change?

Our communities are suffering from strange, extreme weather events that are supercharged by climate change already. In this day and age, we can only judge our leaders by their courageous acts to chart a sustainable path for future generations. I do not believe that can happen if someone as scientifically misguided as Bradley Field is his adviser. I am therefore joining Food and Water Watch and Catskills Citizens for Safe Energy in calling for the resignation of Bradley Field. Join me and sign the petition here.

Visit EcoWatch’s FRACKING page for more related news on this topic.

 

U.S. returns create about 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. manonallard / Getty Images

Many people shop online for everything from clothes to appliances. If they do not like the product, they simply return it. But there's an environmental cost to returns.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Climate Envoy John Kerry (L) and President-elect Joseph (R) are seen during Kerry's ceremonial swearing in as Secretary of State on February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / Getty Images

By Dolf Gielen and Morgan Bazilian

John Kerry helped bring the world into the Paris climate agreement and expanded America's reputation as a climate leader. That reputation is now in tatters, and President-elect Joe Biden is asking Kerry to rebuild it again – this time as U.S. climate envoy.

Read More Show Less

Trending

Scientific integrity is key for protecting the field against attacks. sanjeri / Getty Images

By Maria Caffrey

As we approach the holidays I, like most people, have been reflecting on everything 2020 has given us (or taken away) while starting to look ahead to 2021.

Read More Show Less
A pair of bears perch atop Brooks Falls in Alaska's Katmai National Park, about 100 miles from the proposed Pebble Mine site. Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images

By Andrea Germanos

Environmental campaigners stressed the need for the incoming Biden White House to put in place permanent protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay after the Trump administration on Wednesday denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine that threatened "lasting harm to this phenomenally productive ecosystem" and death to the area's Indigenous culture.

Read More Show Less

OlgaMiltsova / iStock / Getty Images Plus

By Gwen Ranniger

In the midst of a pandemic, sales of cleaning products have skyrocketed, and many feel a need to clean more often. Knowing what to look for when purchasing cleaning supplies can help prevent unwanted and dangerous toxics from entering your home.

Read More Show Less