Yesterday’s Vote4Energy rally in New York was amazing! Shortly after we set up our booth, it started to downpour with rain we knew was desperately needed, but made us wonder if anyone was going to come to the event. We learned quickly you should never doubt the landowners of New York because they certainly didn’t let the rain stop them. Even as the rain poured down, we had people huddling under our tent to ask questions and discuss Truthland. There were hundreds there when the gates opened. As the rain slowed and the sun came out, so too did more people until by the end of the day we had seen and spoken with thousands. It was a truly awe inspiring day!
A Vote4Energy is not a vote for a person, or a party, or even a philosophy, but rather, it is a vote for America and its future. We are an energy-rich nation. We have more oil and natural gas than anyone thought possible even 20 years ago: more potential energy than many oil-exporting nations in the Mideast, and more than most countries in the world. When we look at all our domestic energy options – fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels – we see a nation with an abundance of opportunity for growth.
But Americans must demand, in this election year, that their political leaders and those who aspire to leadership positions speak honestly about our nation’s energy goals. That they lay out in clear terms the policies they support to overcome our challenges. It’s time we set about to construct a new energy consensus. We have the resources to meet our energy challenges, to make this a New American Energy Century. With the right leadership and vision, we can turn these challenges into a great national campaign that will make our country stronger.
This event was for the landowners of New York. It was an opportunity to show the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Governor Cuomo that the landowners of upstate have educated themselves on natural gas, weighed the risks and benefits, and are ready to decide whether or not to lease their properties. It was a chance to become educated on the elected officials in office and those running and what their stances are on energy and the state and nation’s future. And it was a day to share the experiences of so many New York landowners, their struggles over the last four years and the hope and opportunities the permitting of natural gas development in 2012 will bring.
To read more, watch the videos and see some great pictures, visit: http://eidmarcellus.org/marcellus-shale/new-york-vote4energy-rally-...
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