I read your Jan. 3 editorial "New York' s Fracking Phobia" about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's hesitation with regard to fracking in New York. Some of us in Texas believe the governor should outlaw fracking in New York. It is a nasty business. In fact, maybe he should outlaw any kind of drilling. It is all dangerous. And we might not mind if every state except Texas outlawed fracking. Well, maybe at least those states whose citizens consider themselves to be intellectually superior, plus Alaska. We need to keep those states pristine, and besides that we need to get prices up to a more reasonable level.
Do not worry about jobs. The ones who want to work can come to Texas. The ones who don't want to work can move to California or call the White House, which will send them some stuff.
Fracking is not the only thing New York should prohibit. It should certainly not allow any refineries, nor any pipelines, nor trucks hauling gas or oil, nor tanker ships. With regard to tankers, particular care should be made to avoid double-hulled tankers, because everyone knows that a double-hulled tanker is twice as dangerous as one with a single hull. And please, no LNG terminals, which would surely attract terrorist bombings and maybe even Iranian missiles.
I have walked the canyons of Manhattan enough to know that the winds are often strong enough to power windmills. The only trouble is, New York cabs are ugly enough (let's forget pristine) without having windmills on top. Visual pollution is enough to quash that idea. Just ask the Kennedys about Nantucket Sound.
Oh, does anyone remember the long lines after the hurricane of people waiting to buy wind power? Just asking.
This letter appeared in the January 10 issue of The Wall Street Journal.