Best news tonight:
Despite a few disappointing local races,
it appears the Dems will again control BOTH houses in NY.
"Democrats are coming back to the majority in the state Senate"
Being a registered Green, I cannot get very excited about this,
because most Democrats seem to be fairly mediocre on fracking,
with a few noteworthy exceptions (e.g., Barbara Lifton, Tony Avella).
However it seems clear the Republican Agenda is in this state is
Frack us now, baby. Frack us hard.
So a strong democratic win is a referendum against fracking.
A Democrat Majority in Both Houses means
(I believe) THERE IS A CHANCE we can get some
strong environmental legislation passed this session,
PERHAPS EVEN A BAN BILL!
It's time to THINK BIG people!
This is a complicated thing.
A simple law is easy to undo
should the composition of the electorate change.
I think we should talk about a BIG PUSH
for a rights-of-nature enabling Constitutional Amendment
(CELDF-style) which would BAN AND CRIMINALIZE fracking in NY
and would protect the state for 10 years or more
and be very hard to undo.
May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)