Yoko's World and Our World

Yoko's World and Our World

Posted in the Energy Forum

Tom Shepstone

Kingston, PA

#1 Dec 1, 2012
New York State represents two different worlds when it comes to attitudes, incomes and needs. It’s hard to find a better illustration than the one offered by Yoko Ono’s fashion line as compared to the reality of life in Upstate New York, where natural gas development is essential.

Earlier this year, when Yoko Ono and her son Sean were launching a campaign to ban hydraulic fracturing in the State of New York, he penned a pastoral op/ed in New York Times. It reminisced about the times he, his Mom, and his wonderfully talented father used to play farmer in Delaware County; and then, operating out of his love for New York, he proceeded to misinform New Yorkers about hydraulic fracturing.

I thought of this today when someone directed me to a campaign launch of,“Yoko Ono Fashions for Men,” and I wondered which New York do Sean and Yoko love?

Is it the New York where the per capita income is $22,928 per year and unemployment 8.6%, as it is in Delaware County? Or, is it the New York where people are buying $250 Lightbulb Bras (for men, no less) and $400 Bell Boards? Yes, these are real items.

Is it New York City, the suburbs and upstate, all of which support hydraulic fracturing, as do all ethnic groups, age brackets, and identified religious groups? Is it the pro-gas folks making less than $50K, or less than $100K a year? Or, is it the one income bracket, those making over $100,000 a year, who oppose hydraulic fracturing in the Siena poll?


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