Schumer, deferring to Cuomo, says most Dems like fracking

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ALBANY—Sen. Charles Schumer said he would support fracking in New York if Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides it can be done carefully, during a Monday appearance on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”

“Overall, the Democrats throughout the country have supported fracking,” he said. “The president has, most of us have, and it’s worked quite well.”

The U.S. has become the world's largest producer of natural gas in recent years, and President Barack Obama said he supports fracking, calling natural gas a "bridge fuel" that is an important part of the nation's energy infrastructure.

Schumer chose his words carefully in answering questions from host Joe Scarborough, who pressed him on whether he personally wanted to see fracking in New York. Schumer smiled as he said that he would support it, but only if Cuomo first determines it is safe.

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New York has had a moratorium on fracking for nearly six years, and Cuomo has said he is waiting for the long-delayed results of a health study before he decides whether to allow the practice.

“I haven't stepped on the governor's issue on this one,” Schumer said. “He's being very, very careful because there are environmental concerns.”