Full-page ad asks Cuomo to ‘imagine there’s no fracking’
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon took out a full-page ad in the New York Times Monday to protest natural gas fracking in New York state.
“Governor Cuomo: Imagine there’s no fracking …” the adstates and urges New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “give clean energy a chance.”
Ono and Lennon are part of “Artists Against Fracking,” a loose coalition of celebrities united in their opposition to hydraulic fracturing, a process by which natural gas is extracted from the earth.
Other artists in the anti-fracking group include Grumpy Old Men actress Daryl Hannah and transcendentalist fraudster Deepak Chopra.
The ad claims “no amount of government regulation can ever make fracking safe” and says wells are bound to leak toxic chemicals into groundwater.
A moratorium has banned fracking in New York since 2008 but Cuomo is considering lifting the ban and allowing the practice in five upstate counties near Pennsylvania, where more than 3,000 wells have been drilled.
Proponents of fracking claim the advertisement trucks in falsehoods and reveals how out of touch the wealthy celebrities who fund it are with average citizens.
“Was breaking up the Beatles not enough?” asked Steve Everley, spokesman for EnergyInDepth.org, a pro-fracking group. “Unemployed men and women across New York would like to imagine a future where they have jobs and can better support their own families.”