Ono to Cuomo: "Imagine there’s no fracking"

CBS Outdoor via Rolling Stone

Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon launched "Artists Against Fracking" earlier this year, and have received no response from NY gov. Andrew Cuomo to their request to meet and talk about the idea of a ban of fracking in New York. Now, Ono and Lennon have launched a billboard campaign on a route where the governor often passes. “Governor Cuomo: Imagine there’s no fracking,” the sign reads.

“Our message is simple: We want Governor Cuomo to imagine and guarantee a New York free of the fracking threat to our water, air, beautiful landscapes and climate,” said Ms. Ono recently in Rolling Stone.

The timing of the campaign is pegged with a Nov. 29 deadline for the governor’s health study on the effects of fracking.

“Fracking for gas is inherently dirty and dangerous,” says Sean Lennon. “No amount of regulation can make fracking safe.”


    1. I actually had no idea that “fracking” is used outside of BSG!
      As a side note, I had no idea what “vehemently” is either.

  1. Why should the Governor meet with two artist to talk about an environmental and engineering issue.

    I don’t support fraking, but I also don’t support huge unimportant artist egos.

      1. actors and artists who think they understand science and engineering, mostly. also, the ones who are closet politicians. pretty much any of them who think their opinions are more important than others because they can afford to shout them louder. this includes people i agree with.

    1. Rich investors who have no expertise except inherited wealth make all the decisions now.

  2. I’ve been wondering what Yoko and Sean have been up to for the last few years.  Now I know: getting their geology degrees.

  3. Imagine no electricity.  Imagine only coal-fired electricity.  Imagine nuclear. 

    Heavily regulated fracking for clean, abundant natural gas sounds about right to me. 

    1. OK. Can we start under your house? Because I have some concerns about the “learning curve” as it relates to drinking water and structural stability.

      1. First off, you totally missed the “Heavily regulated” part of that post. Fracking has been  done for far longer than most realize, but to be at all viable, it must be highly regulated. I am probably in the minority here, but I think fracking has its place as does nuclear. But let me take you back a ways. Natural gas was at one time considered, at best, a nuisance to the oil industry. I know this because I grew up in Tulsa. One of the odder sights back then was open flames around a drilling site. Big honking flames of fire. Why? They were burning off the natural gas to get at the petroleum. I remember this very clearly because it made absolutely no sense to me. I mean, natural gas, gas, right Dad? Why can’t they use it?? Why indeed. My dad worked for DX (just an office critter, but still. The company treated him very, very well) so he knew what he was talking about there. Apparently, so did I even at 8, 9 years old. It was incredibly stupid to burn off that shit. But then, it just was not profitable to attempt to use it at the time.

  4. Thank goodness people who can’t even make listenable music have weighed in on an engineering and geological issue. I’d also like to know their opinion on vaccination, please. It’s important that they be heard from.

    1. That’s ridiculous. Neither is blonde with big fake boobs. What would they know about vaccinations?

  5. OK… I’m imagining….

    People acknowledge my existence.  They smile for no reason and hold the door open.  I’m… I’m popular.

    I’m never going back.  I can’t.  I won’t.

    Oh, wait, that’s Wally imagining he’s a woman.  Excuse me.

    Let me try again…  OK, I’m imagining…

    Obama takes the stand like JFK announcing the moon shot program and says “We will eliminate foreign oil imports in ten years, and eliminate both fracking and the burning of petroleum in the contiguous USA in fifteen, and eliminate all burning of all fossil fuels in all of the USA in eighteen years.  We will do this not because it is easy, but because it is the right thing to do.  We will do this not because we wish the enormous profits that will be realized by our actions, but for our children’s posterity.”

    Over 80% of Americans rejoice in the idea of once again becoming the sort of Great Nation that at least tries to accomplish Great Deeds.  Even the 40% who insist it can’t be done recognize that it’s a noble goal, far better than continuing our policy of slaughtering foreigners to manipulate the global oil market.

    A massive campaign of pipeline construction starts, based on the old rail networks but reaching further, into every town in America.  Employment soars.  The oil and steel companies make massive profits which they then plow into Obama’s vision of the future, realizing that they will be nationalized if they do not co-operate.

    Local biodigestion depots, capable of converting biomass to methane and synthetic gasoline, are built on the sites of the old silos and rail depots that once carried America’s home-grown wealth to the great distribution centers of Chicago and New York.  They form the basis of a pipeline grid that provides biologically produced methane to every existing power plant in the country.

    Government regulations, similar to the old radio ownership regulations, forbid any single owner or company from controlling all the bioconversion within a sixty mile radius. A robust competitive market in biomass conversion technology spurs private investment in research and education.  The stock market climbs as companies form to take advantage of new methods.  A true distributed system necessarily develops, providing unparalleled resilience in the event of natural disasters or foreign military threats.

    Farming and heavy manufacturing both boom, providing jobs and self-respect to people who are unsuited to working in dank computer rooms or chemistry labs.  Farmers convert to the growing of organic crops, because even a failed crop can be converted into valuable fuels, and with the increasing wealth and prosperity that accompanies great visions people can afford to pay for food raised without herbicides or pesticides.

    Public health costs drop as food quality increases and pollution decreases.  The wealth and mobility of the middle and lower classes increases without the violent destruction of the upper classes.  Opportunities abound, and unexpected benefits appear for decades, just as they did when JFK literally shot for the moon.

    What a beautiful dream.  Too bad the slackers and naysayers can’t see it.  I want our nation to be heroic again, to be bold again, to shoot for the stars again… instead of just shooting people down.  Maybe, all we have to do is let our imaginations be our guide?

  6. What a blurry, crappy photo.  Great job  “CBS Outdoor via Rolling Stone”.  I always wanted to make my living doing photography, but I can see now that my skills aren’t up to these standards.  WTF?

  7. Ok, now I have to talk Yoko. Upfront, I adore her. She is a true artist. John recognized this and John was no fool. Almost all of you have never EVER seen some of her artwork, you’ve just merely heard her and dismissed her (along with the critics) as caterwauling. I loved John and just figured Yoko was part of the package. Then Live Peace Toronto 1969 came out and I listened to side two in stunned amazement. I thought that “Don’t Worry Kyoko” was pure distilled rock and roll (still do, for that matter; listen to it–the original head-banger). But “John, John (Let’s Hope For Peace)” was just an awesome slap in the face. At least 10 years ahead of its time. I utterly adored it. One, it freaked the shit out of everybody and their dogs. I mean that about dogs. It scared the crap out of mine. He was a fierce mixed Spitz and he cowered behind the couch when I played that song. Have you ever played ANYTHING that caused a reaction from a dog?? To this day I count side two of Live Peace as one of the most seminal and influential pieces of music (yes, dammit! MUSIC) ever.

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