in going against these fracking forces. besides all the carrots that the state budget could use(but, like it is so great for Louisiana, right?) the stick is terrible. They do ANYTHING to get their way. You can say they would stop short of murder but they wouldn't.
They can put the big hurt on Cuomo no matter what the popular backing. This IS an act of political courage, commitment to his own independence and doing the right thing. Without the demonstrators he couldn't defend the state and he would be swamped into oblivion. he knows that too though the people don't. Whatever happens the environmental rapist profiteers will be vengeful- even for modest regulation. he has made some enemies like that before as AG and likely thinks he can Teddy Roosevelt them into line the new smooth New Dem way, but these are front line sharks.
They run all the same ops as they do in the "third world" to bully, lie, bribe, cheap out on safety, devastate and desertify and overthrow governments. Doing what they say is deadly. Opposing them is deadly. Once in they are much deadlier to remove.
Cuomo deserves more support than he could ever earn by his own records and merits, because he has not yet become part of the physical and political ruin of our state. Imagine ONE GOP governor in NYS if Cuomo lets them get their foot in the door even with heavy regulations. Or not. They will do anything to get him out of office because they are monsters. He did not let them in right away and supports the people pressure. For that alone he is marked.