Anti-fracking protestors confront Obama in NY
Obama's two-day bus tour of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania was greeted outside Binghamton University by over 500 anti-fracking protestors. Even though the president was at Binghamton to hold a town hall about education, the subject was impossible to avoid. After all, the state is fiercely divided over natural gas drilling: A recent Siena Research Institute poll found that New Yorkers are split 41 for and 42 against it.
Currently, there's a state-wide ban on fracking, but Governor Andrew Cuomo has been postponing a decision over whether to allow it since February. The governor was purposefully absent from this leg of the tour, having announced on Monday that he would meet the president in Buffalo but would not accompany him to the politically fraught areas of the state.