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10/02/2016

New Yorkers Take note: Important! NYRenews Bill Is Seriously Flawed

Dear Friends,
You may recall that the "New York State Climate & Community Protection Act" (S8005) was introduced during the 2016 legislative session. It passed the Assembly but was not brought to a vote in the Senate and died. NYRenews, the organization that drafted the original bill, is lobbying to have similar legislation reintroduced in 2017. Unfortunately, this may not be the good news we wish it were.
At a glance, the 2016 bill is appealing. It seeks to expand renewables, eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, and bring relief to disadvantaged communities. Linking labor, social justice, and climate issues, the bill appears to offer an opportunity for disparate groups to unite. But good intentions do not necessarily make good legislation. For those reading past the first several pages of “legislative intent,” serious flaws become apparent—flaws that undermine the bill's efficacy and could even derail recent progress on renewables.

The original bill contains a number of underlying and serious technical problems. It confuses the basic energy concept of capacity with actual electricity production, resulting in a 2030 renewable mandate far weaker than the New York Clean Energy Standard (CES) that was recently adopted by the Public Service Commission. Likewise, it attempts to mandate the total elimination of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 but prescribes an unachievable schedule. Using New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) estimates of emissions, the bill actually lets greenhouse gas emissions rise dramatically through 2020, then mandates that they be cut in half just ten years later. The bill also redefines legal terms already in use (such as "major source") and offers a self-reporting scheme for documenting emissions that lets certain polluters off the hook—notably gas-fired power plants that emit up to 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year—while holding those same facilities to weaker regulatory requirements.
This loophole should also be particularly troubling to those opposed to the reckless expansion of fracked-gas infrastructure in New York.
The original bill relies heavily on the efficacy of NYSERDA's accounting for emissions, but that mechanism is severely flawed. NYSERDA's inventory underestimates the fugitive methane emissions from using natural gas and instead largely reflects just CO2. If methane were accurately tallied, our greenhouse gas emissions would be far worse. A credible science-based inventory of methane as well as CO2 is a necessary first step in reducing our emissions. But whether NY properly assesses methane leakage or not, the expanded use of shale gas would be catastrophic for our state.

Another concern is that the original bill requires that 40% of funds from “market-based compliance” go to disadvantaged communities. Again, the intent is worthy, but there is no consensus that 40% is the correct percentage to achieve equity or that specifically directing such a mandate to "market-based" programs would be the best approach. The proper number may be larger or smaller than 40%, and we certainly would not want to constrain some fixed percentage of renewable installations to specific locations if the siting
As a consequence, the bill goes soft on the biggest threat to renewables in New York's emerging network of distributed generation and increases the likelihood that already-disadvantaged communities will bear the brunt of the pollution. Moreover, many state programs that are likely to benefit disadvantaged communities—particularly as related to energy efficiency—are not necessarily "market-based."

Critically, the 2016 bill lacks statutory language necessary to succeed. Weakened by waivers and exceptions, the bill offers little more than a scoping plan, one-time rule-making, and an occasional review of results every few years.
We support the original bill’s lofty intent, but it’s clear that many organizations that signed onto it lack time or technical expertise to examine and analyze its details. A critique of the bill that more fully details our problems with it can be accessed at. http://bit.ly/NYRenewsBill.

On August 16 representatives from grassroots organizations met with a few representatives of NYRenews to discuss these issues. Although we were told that the bill will change, no clear commitment was made to address the problems, and despite several requests, we were not told if changes would be shared before the bill’s reintroduction. Nonetheless, NYRenews is proceeding with a new sponsorship drive and publicity campaign, with eyes set on passage of a bill in 2017.

Climate legislation must be not only courageous, but also effective. NYRenews should share its planned revisions so that everyone can see exactly what they are being asked to support.
We urge all New Yorkers to oppose legislation that, intent notwithstanding, is unequipped to address the task ahead, tacitly condones greater dependence on fracked gas, or puts communities in harm's way.

Signed,
Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., Economist and Managing Director, Pepacton Institute LLC.
James Cromwell, actor/activist, SAG/AFTRA
Larysa Dyrszka, MD, Board certified Pediatrician, retired
Norm Farwell
Mary T. Finneran, NYSUT, NEA, AFT, AFL-CIO
Suzannah Glidden, Cofounder, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)
Dennis Higgins
Robert Howarth, Ph.D., Atkinson Professor of Ecology, Cornell University
A. R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E., Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus, Cornell University
Pramilla Malick, Chair, Protect Orange County
Keith Schue
Maura Stephens, Cofounder, Coalition to Protect New York and other groups,
Susan Van Dolsen, Co-founder of SAPE and Co-Organizer of Westchester for Change
Suzy Winkler

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This is very important, and worth taking a minute to sign. Our world needs every action possible, for now, for later and...
01/28/2013
Co-Sign the Open Letter To President Obama on Climate Action

This is very important, and worth taking a minute to sign. Our world needs every action possible, for now, for later and for our future.

http://act.350.org/signup/an-open-letter-to-president-obama/?akid=2651.299716.R5F65S&rd=1&t=4

President Obama has promised action to confront climate change. To do that, he must end the detrimental "all of the above" energy policy of his first term. Please add your name as a co-signer on our open letter urging him to take bold action to confront climate change now.

01/24/2013

Non Toxic Cleaning Tip #1

Use Vinegar instead of Bleach. Why? Because Bleach is poison and Vinegar is NOT! See below for details.

Bleach: 5% sodium hypochlorite. During production of bleach cancer-causing dioxin as well as brain-damaging mercury is released into the air surrounding chlorine plants. When using, breathing sodium hypochlorite fumes may cause poisoning, especially if the product is mixed with ammonia. Skin contact will produce caustic irritation or burns due to defatting and saponification of skin oils and destruction of tissue. The slippery feel of bleach on skin is due to this process.

Vinegar: For cleaning purposes, white distilled vinegar is best. Containing 5 percent acetic acid, it is proven to have antimicrobial properties. Because of this acid, vinegar, especially when combined with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide, is an effective mold and bacteria killer. It can destroy over 80% of bacteria. It is edible, breathable, and touchable… add 10 drops of essential oil, and it leaves a great scent behind!

And then, there's mountaintop removal and mining slag...
07/19/2012

And then, there's mountaintop removal and mining slag...

Continuing fossil fuel subsidies is not an option!  Ending them is a necessity. http://bit.ly/MCiY5e Instead, put subsid...
06/21/2012
350 | Clinton: Save the Rio Earth Summit!

Continuing fossil fuel subsidies is not an option! Ending them is a necessity. http://bit.ly/MCiY5e

Instead, put subsidies towards clean renewable energy that will reduce the CO2 pumped into our atmosphere. We owe this to future generations and need it for the survival of a livable planet. It's NOW that this needs to happen - Later will be too late. Taking steps to cut carbon RIGHT NOW is how we adapt to climate change, there is no "adapting" to acid oceans and a collapsed food chain.

Learn more about the Rio Earth Summit in the new issue of Green Energy Times, which can be downloaded free from the 'current issues' link at http://www.greenenergytimes.org

An agreement to end fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio+20 Earth Summit hangs in the balance. Thanks to the groundswell of support from people around the world, there's a proposal to end these polluter handouts on the table. But the current text has been fatally weakened by oil exporting countries. Sec...

Press Release on VT Energy Indy Day
02/04/2012
Press Release on VT Energy Indy Day

Press Release on VT Energy Indy Day

Vermonters to participate in crowd-sourced film on Vermont Energy Independence Day MONTPELIER. Feb. 2, 2012. On March 21st citizens from across Vermont will participate in the state's first "cro...

01/25/2012

The state of the union address is on my mind - as i commented on the White House 'Wall': This is great that you announced a federal investigation into Wall Street. Now - to see you DO the right thing for the AVERAGE person in this country and make the wealthy oil companies give back to our country and pay their share of taxes and return the unfair rebates that the IRS has given them. Absurd! If they paid their fair share, our country would definitely be on the road out of debt - and the worst thing is that they aren't willing to do the fair thing and that they even accept the 'bennies' they have been receiving! Why do they even NEED all of that income?
It won't do them one bit of good if you don't G.E.T. one VERY important thing you sure got wrong in your speech, which is regarding CLEAN ENERGY! Clean energy does NOT include offshore drilling, gas fracking or coal. This will only keep the big oil companies happy. I have to consequently question your sincerity about Clean Renewable Energy, which should be one of your top concerns, along with getting our CO2 emissions. If this does not get under control by 2017, the IEA has warned the world that we are in BIG trouble - it will be too late to turn things around. Life cannot survive at 129º as Pakistan endured this past summer - take note of just this winter's warmth in the whole northern part of our country and lack of snow. Snow means water for the rest of the year for places like Reno, NV, from Lake Tahoe - for example... We need your help, Mr. President!
And while we are on the subject - Where is that Solar that was supposed to be installed back on the White House, any way? Why have we not heard any more about that?

In honor of the passing of Wagnari Maathai, here's a link to our liveblog from the movie "Taking Root" which follows the...
09/26/2011
Green Energy Times » Liveblogging from “Taking Root”

In honor of the passing of Wagnari Maathai, here's a link to our liveblog from the movie "Taking Root" which follows the process by which Maathai renewed the forests of the Central Highlands of Kenya and turned a corrupt and brutal government on its head. http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2011/03/14/liveblogging-from-taking-root/

As a child, Wangari Maathai’s mother told her not to collect firewood from a particular tree because “it was a god.” We later learn this was an element of the local cultural wisdom about the value of the trees in their environment.

Bill Mckibben sure liked seeing the logo of Moving Planet on the cover of Green Energy Times, and the editorial on the T...
09/19/2011

Bill Mckibben sure liked seeing the logo of Moving Planet on the cover of Green Energy Times, and the editorial on the Tar Sands action.

09/19/2011
Moving People

This is creativity and spirit and passion and resolutions and justice in one irresistible call to be part of Moving Planet. Let's get this one out everywhere this week.

Moving People is a powerful call to join Moving Planet, a worldwide day of action to fight climate change. Set to the the words of Bill Mckibben a rousing call to be part of this transforming day.

350 Vermont
09/18/2011
350 Vermont

350 Vermont

This Saturday, Sep 24th is “Moving Planet” — millions of people will be flooding the streets in over 150 countries to push the planet beyond fossil fuels, and strengthen our call for bold action to solve the climate crisis.

Green Energy Times  » Rte 100 Corridor: before & after the Hurricane
09/08/2011
Green Energy Times » Rte 100 Corridor: before & after the Hurricane

Green Energy Times » Rte 100 Corridor: before & after the Hurricane

Kingsbury Market Garden (284 Route 100 Warren, VT ) is a unique agricultural venture. The historic farmstead on Route 100 in the Mad River Valley was conserved by the Vermont Land Trust in late 2007 and sold to the VT Foodbank (VFB) the following year. The conditions of the sale were the followi...

08/26/2011
Green Energy Times » VNRC acts to halt potential Vermont Tar Sands Pipeline

Green Energy Times » VNRC acts to halt potential Vermont Tar Sands Pipeline

The Vermont Natural Resources Council said this morning it is joining with groups in Canada and New England to oppose what it fears is a plan to ship tarsands oil from Montreal to Portland, Maine through a pipeline that passes through the Northeast Kingdom.

Green Energy Times  » Take Advantage of These 11 Energy Tax Credits Before They Expire
08/25/2011
Green Energy Times » Take Advantage of These 11 Energy Tax Credits Before They Expire

Green Energy Times » Take Advantage of These 11 Energy Tax Credits Before They Expire

For the past several years, the federal government has, as part of its economic stimulus spending, offered income tax credits for home improvement projects that improve energy efficiency. While the tax credits available in 2011 are much less generous than those available in years prior, they are ...

Green Energy Times  » Building Toward 2012:  The International Year of Co-ops
08/25/2011
Green Energy Times » Building Toward 2012: The International Year of Co-ops

Green Energy Times » Building Toward 2012: The International Year of Co-ops

In the wake of a global recession that continues to devastate communities and livelihoods, people are hungry for alternatives to corporate greed and stock market speculation. As we look at continuing challenges such as climate change, unemployment and growing disparities of wealth and ownership, ma...

As of this today (Thursday), we've collected $3,000 on the way to our $5,000 goal.  Now we must raise the last $2,000 by...
08/25/2011
Your Tar Sands Action Needed Today

As of this today (Thursday), we've collected $3,000 on the way to our $5,000 goal. Now we must raise the last $2,000 by the end of the day to lock in the bus so dozens of Vermonters can join this heroic action and demand Obama say NO to the Tar Sands Pipeline. The paypal button is just a click away! Please help us reach this goal today, and send this link into your world.

It’s not too late to join us! We’ve secured a bus to bring a caravan of Vermonters to the Tar Sands Action in DC. It will leave the morning of August 28th from Burlington (with a pick-up in Rutland), and return us home the evening of the 31st.

350.org
08/20/2011

350.org

NEWS FLASH: Bill McKibben was just arrested, alongside over 70 other brave souls, for peacefully stepping up/sitting down for our future. Today begins a two week wave of civil disobedience at the White House, to stop a nearly 2,000 mile oil pipeline from Canada's Tar Sands to the shores of Texas (aka the Keystone XL). If you're inspired, add your name: http://350.org/take-a-stand & send your solidarity: http://350.org/dc-solidarity this is just the beginning.

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