Random political observation
1. The appeal of fracking in NY's Southern Tier is because we are economically hurting, to put it extremely mildly. Some meaningful assistance with economic development here would reduce the appeal of the jobs seemingly created by fracking. (I've heard both arguments.)
2. Those who say "just stop using fossil fuels" usually pay no notice to rural areas like this. We have only a limited ability to avoid the automobile. One size fits all does not work on this issue, but too many commentators appear to think it does.