Geoffrey, why not state declaratively how you feel, rather than the loaded questions?
Your response seems particularly intellectually siloed in terms of "energy analysis". I am rather put off by this constant blurring of lines between regulation and demand for energy. Nowhere in your response do you address regulation, or why NYers are hesitant to embrace fracking.
To be bogusly rhetorical - does that mean that you simply don't care about fracking regulations? If not, how come you didn't actually talk about that rather than focus on other arguments - which apparently trump the importance of improving fracking regulations and safety? Does this indeed mean you have no particular concern about how the energy is produced, just so long as demand is met? Etc etc etc.
(I don't believe those assertions to be true, for what its worth. I'm simply reflecting the general avoidance of the issue presened.)
As a state, New Yorkers can't control what the rest of the country/world does regarding fracking - and thereby its pricing. You want to call NIMBY to address regulations - alright. I think it's a bit of a petty argument to suggest that the only way to be 'pure' here is if New Yorkers all abandoned natural gas (and propane) altogether. But, alright, idealism - it's a factor in all of these talks, sure - on all sides of the coin.
If you want to label New Yorkers hypocrits, go ahead. But I bet much of the people in NY who don't want fracking are much more interested in preserving their land and water than anything else. This is perhaps why there is significant resistance in NY to begin with - that and people are tired of regulatory issues being glossed over, and only trumpeting economic benefits - or as in the OP, marco energy development patterns.
...this said, I expect fracking to commence in New York within the next few years - I would be rather surprised if NY as a whole rejects it for much longer. But (at least some of) the reistance is there for its own reasons, and not because of the cost of energy one way or another.