Ed Rendell’s Plea for Fracking Fails to Disclose Industry Ties

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Editor's Note: Fracking may seem like a mainland issue, but in fact it could have major implications on Hawaii's plans to import liquefied natural gas as a way to lower electricity costs. Hawaii Gas Co., HECO and the state hope to use LNG in the not too distant future but environmental groups are opposing it because LNG largely comes from production that involves hydraulic fracturing.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell took to the New York Daily News op-ed page recently with a message to local officials: stop worrying and learn to love fracking.

As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo agonizes over whether to allow the controversial natural gas drilling technique, Rendell invoked his own experience as a Democratic governor who presided over a fracking boom. New York state, Rendell argued, has a major part to play in the nation's fracking "revolution" 2014 and it can do so safely. He rejected what he called the "false choice" of "natural gas versus the environment."

What Rendell's passionate plea failed to note was this: since stepping down as governor in 2011, he has worked as a paid consultant to a private equity firm with investments in the natural gas industry.

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