New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (125th Legislative District – Ithaca) recently distributed a letter to all her fellow State Senate and General Assembly members urging them to speak to Governor Andrew Cuomo against natural gas development in the state. She makes six principal assertions, all of which may be fairly described as wild exaggerations, if not outright falsehoods.
We have taken a close look and are left wondering where Lifton got her information. Her statement is, at best, a shallow exercise in demagoguery – unworthy of a state legislator. She gets nearly everything wrong and demonstrates an alarming lack of knowledge regarding an industry that is already positively affecting her district.
Liberal with common sense? Now that's an oxymoron!
To follow up on my claims.
The hearing was:
PUBLIC HEARING REVISED DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL GENERIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT GOVERNING NATURAL GAS DRILLING
Date: October 6, 2011
Barbara Lifton interrupted DEC officials seven times.
Directly copied quotes by Barbara Lifton:
"Where is the information on crime, which I'm hearing a lot about from the people in Pennsylvania, the number of rapes? Unidentified assailant rapes in both counties have gone up dramatically according to people I spoke to"
"There's talk down there about babies being born
with holes in their heart, things like that all"
"In Pennsylvania, these folks went to doctors with their hair falling out, with shakes and the doctors put them on anti-anxiety drugs until they figured out at some point that, and these people were still drinking the water that was causing the barium poisoning as the doctors didn't even know how to diagnose what was wrong."