Next General Meeting: September 14 with Counsel to the Governor, Alphonso David
7:30 pm, Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
The unprecedented strength of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have demonstrated vividly the destruction climate change can cause. Yet the Trump Administration is gutting the Environmental Protection Agency and sacrificing our future for the benefit of fossil fuel industry profits. In this new reality, New York and other progressive states must take the lead in fighting climate change and building resilient communities.
Governor Cuomo has the power to make New York City a world leader on climate change. And while he has taken some positive steps, he can and must do more. At our general meeting on Thursday, we’ll have the chance to speak with Counsel to the Governor, Alphonso David, and Venetia Lannon, Deputy Secretary for Environment, and let them know we demand real leadership on climate. Join us!
Read more about the Governor’s record, the good and the bad, below.
On October 24, join 350Brooklyn as we hold our legislators accountable and hear from experts who can help us chart a path forward.
Speakers are slated to include: Karen Blondel from Turn the Tide, Priya Mulgaonkar from New York Environmental Justice Alliance, Sean Sweeney of the CUNY Labor, Climate and Environment Program, representatives of the New York Renews coalition.
Last Week, US representative Tulsi Gabbard introduce OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (HR 3671). The bill requires the US to get 100% of its energy from renewables by 2035. This is the strongest piece of legislation on climate ever introduced into Congress. Every member of congress needs to hear from their representative about this bill, and why it is necessary to prevent climate chaos.
Below is a partial list of Governor Cuomo’s actions on climate change, the good and the bad. Governor Cuomo has taken some positive actions to reduce New York State’s carbon footprint:
· In 2014 he banned fracking in NYS.
· In 2016 he established the Clean Energy Standard that requires 50% of NYS electricity generation to come from renewable sources by 2030. (Note, this does not address the fuel used to power transportation or heat buildings.)
· In April he began to require the six investor-owned utilities in NYS to purchase Zero Emission Credits that are designed to keep upstate nuclear power plants afloat.
· NYS participates in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a program that requires the steady reduction in carbon emissions from power plants—by 2.5% per year through 2020 and by 3% per year to 2030.
· The New York State Energy Research Development Agency (NYSERDA) is vigorously pursuing a variety of initiatives that support the development of renewable energy in NYS, like offshore wind, battery storage, and geothermal heating systems.
But at the same time Cuomo has also declined to block or has actively promoted fossil fuel infrastructure development in NYS:
· He has supported the construction of new fracked-gas power plants, despite vehement opposition from local communities.
· Construction of the CPV power plant is well underway in Orange County, and in June, construction of the Cricket Valley power plant began in Duchess County. Both of these will be huge, seriously polluting the surrounding air.
· He has now proposed to retrofit an old steam plant in the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood of Albany as a fracked-gas power plant.
· While fracking is banned in NYS, the waste products of fracking—a sludge of water polluted with a stew of proprietary-secret chemicals—are routinely sent to waste dumps along the Southern Tier of New York State.
· Pipelines, with their attendant air-polluting compressor stations, that carry the fracked methane gas to market, have been allowed to be built in New York State. The prime example here is the Spectra Pipeline built across Rockland and Westchester Counties (and so under the Hudson) to carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New England. New York State does have the power to stop such pipelines.