Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo recently responded to the contentious hydrofracking issue by acknowledging that "the temperature is high. We have a process. Let's get the facts. Let the science and the facts make the determination, not emotion and not politics." But what about money? With $3.2 million spent by industry lobbyists in Albany last year so far dwarfing the $800K spent by environmental groups, it would appear that the gas companies are controlling the temperature. Who needs Indian Point, anyway?

The Times reports that as Cuomo's administration decides whether or not to issue fracking permits, a "cottage industry" for energy company lobbying has emerged in Albany. Pro-drilling interests have donated $403,000 to New York candidates and parties since the start of last year, and over $100,000 to Governor Cuomo himself. Chesapeake Energy, the same company responsible for contaminating Pennsylvanian water supplies due to hydrofracking, now employs 11 advocates in Albany and has spent $1.6 million on lobbying over the last three years.

If you're opposed to the possibility of getting billions to drink fire water and possibly tainting the city's water supply, you can attend the last of the four public hearings the state is holding in Tribeca on Wednesday. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every citizen may speak their mind on the subject for three minutes, or you may submit your comments in writing. Or stay at home, open a Sixpoint and eat a Bark dog while yelling at this trailer of Gasland.