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A rock-star economist says it’s much simpler than you think. Daron Acemoglu, M.I.T. Professor, and his collaborator have found that the wealth of a country is most closely correlated with the degree to which the average person shares in the overall growth of its economy. When the poorest and least educated citizens have some shot at improving their own lives—through property rights, a reliable judicial system or access to markets—these citizens do what it takes to make themselves and their country richer. A comparison of related countries bears this out, e.g. the Dominican Republic vs. Haiti (two halves of the same island!) or Thailand vs. Burma (now Myanmar). It has also been true historically that fairly open and prosperous societies can revert to closed and impoverished autocracies. (NY Times Magazine, 3/18/12)

The water we drink today is the water that the dinosaurs drank!

Our fresh water is not a renewable resource. Once it is contaminated, it is gone forever! The chemicals used in fracking are not biodegradable and contamination is irreversible. Contaminated water can flow for miles underground within the water table and ruin our Greene County streams and wells, even coming from adjacent counties and states.

Fracking in the US and Europe will mean the loss of huge quantities of our finite fresh water supply. Such water is already scarce in many places, leading to social and economic conflicts. Greene County is flush with fresh water that will become a valuable resource/commodity. Let us keep our Greene County water pure by opposing fracking anywhere in New York State and beyond.

Britain already has a tax on share trading. France has just proposed a new tax for every stock trade in their country, excepting bonds. It is time that the US set a miniscule tax on each Wall Street trade, raising tens of billion dollars annually with little impact on actual investment. Such a tax would reduce speculation and outrageous bankers’ bonuses. Only 1/20th of 1% on each Wall Street trade is proposed by the American Dream Movement. The resulting income could then be used toward Main Street job creation, i.e. benefiting the rest of us 99%.

Write Governor Cuomo by January 11th to prevent contamination of our water and streams! Click on this web site and then step no. 2: “Write the Governor.” You can use their texts, and they will send. You can add your own comments, if you like.

Where does all the water come from for hydrofracking? Out of our streams, rivers, and wells. 3 to 5 million gallons (!) of water are used per well, and there can be as many as 100 wells within an area. Some trout streams in Pennsylvania have already dried up enough to cause massive die-off of fish. 80,000 pounds of chemicals, laced with carcinogens, neurotoxins, and endocrine disrupters (i.e. disruptors of our hormones!) are then added to the water. Half stays underground and will most likely contaminate the water that feeds our wells. Leftover used water is either evaporated in open pits (chemicals and all), spread on roads as de-icer (done now in some NYS towns!), or is processed in water treatment plans that can in no way clean it up. The “treated” water then goes into our streams and rivers—even the Hudson River would receive it.

This process is not safe for our state! Write the Governor. The decisions are now being made.