During his visit to New York today, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain commented on one of the state’s most hot button issues–hydrofracking. Mr. Cain came down in favor over the controversial natural gas drilling technique, which some energy companies want to use in New York though many environmental activists and scientists say it has dangerous side effects.
Mr. Cain made his remarks in an interview on the radio show “Live From the State Capitol With Fred Dicker.”
“I believe that the people who are in favor of hydrofracking, they are going to win this,” Mr. Cain said sounding as though he might have mistakenly referred to the drilling procedure as “hydrocracking,” ”Why? Because if they look at the data, if they look at the science, if they look at the technology, they will see that there’s no threat to the environment.”
Mr. Cain also promised to reveal his “energy independence strategy within the next couple of weeks.” He said his plan would focus on “maximizing” home grown energy sources rather than relying on imported oil and gas.
“It is ridiculous for us to be dependent upon other countries for most of our energy, and especially, seventy percent of our oil. So, that’s one of those bottlenecks that I clearly plan to break, you know, when I am in the Oval Office,” Mr. Cain said.
Polls show New York voters are nearly evenly divided on whether to allow hydrofracking in this state.