Updated Daily 11/27/2014 RochesterEnvironment.com
Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change. *Note: Henceforth 'environment' means "our life support system."
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Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time. How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature.
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RochesterEnvironment.com – This is site a free media resource to encourage public dialogue on local environmental issues, a local newspaper devoted to a single community’s environment, an archive of Environmental News to capture a proper sense of time in which environmental issues transpire, and an attempt to frame environmental issues free of corporate, governmental, and any ideology. Sustainability, connecting the dots of our environmental information, rules. Understanding that all of our local Environmental Issues now must be interpreted in the context of Climate Change, which will be continually moving the bar on the state of our environment, is critical for our survival.
The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose. How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves? Bookmark This Site
All of us, says President Obama, must take responsibility in getting the message out on Climate Change. Remarks by the President on Climate Change “Understand this is not just a job for politicians. So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest. Remind folks there's no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote. Make yourself heard on this issue.” (June 25, 2013) The White House Blog | Your acquaintances were watching a non-media network like FOX and missed Obama’s Climate Change talk? Send them here: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change "Published on Jun 25, 2013 President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. June 25, 2013. "
Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.-- Carl Sagan
Page Contents: Rochester-area NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Green Business | Top 10 things you can do for our environment | Green Events | Green Actions | This month's Winner of the Environmental Site Award
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Most of Governor Cuomo’s accomplishments on Climate Change preparations were in fact initiated by his predecessor, Governor David A. Paterson. Although it was Cuomo who stated after Hurricane Sandy that “We will lead on climate change |New York must press ahead with urgency to equip itself for the new age of extreme weather… ”, it was Paterson who began the moratorium on Fracking, developed our climate plan ‘New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report,’ and kicked off our Climate Smart Communities (CSM) program. While most communities west of Syracuse have not signed into the voluntary CSM program (and those who have like Rochester barely admit it) it is an increasingly robust program that provides a lot of state help for local action to adapt to Climate Change.
Paterson’s climate initiatives have gone fallow under Cuomo. Instead of leading on Climate Change, Cuomo has failed to lead on energy and allowed the Fracking issue to fester. He has permitted the table in NYS to be set for fossil fuel infrastructures by snoozing as Albany becomes a major railroad hub for trafficking dangerous bomb trains and turning a blind eye as local folks fight back a Texas company from poisoning Seneca Lake lands with more fossil fuel storage. This fossil fuel mania is getting in Rochester’s face.
“About 350 New York state schools, including at least 63 in Monroe County, lie within a mile of railroad tracks used by trains carrying volatile crude oil, a coalition of environmental and other advocacy groups said Thursday.” (Oil and schools don't mix, enviro groups say 11/202014 Democrat and Chronicle)
Even our local media is finally recognizing the threat that construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake presents to our region:
Opposition builds to gas storage facility on Seneca Lake shore As protests continue over construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake, people across the entire Finger Lakes region opposed to the project are getting involved. As protests continue over construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake, people across the entire Finger Lakes region opposed to the project are getting involved. “The Finger Lakes is all of us,” said Rosemary Hooper, a Naples resident who has joined others from Ontario County in participating in the campaign to stop the building of the gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. Texas-based Crestwood Midstream's proposal is to use old abandoned salt caverns along the lake to store millions of barrels of liquid petroleum gas and billions of cubic feet of natural gas. Those opposed include organizations, individuals, businesses and municipalities. The Ontario County Board of Supervisors, Yates County Legislature, Seneca County Board of Supervisors and Geneva City Council are among those that have passed motions opposing the proposed storage facility. (11/19/2014 Gates-Chili Post)
He who should be leading on Climate Change has created a climate of delusion where business-as-usual flourishes and renewable energy languishes. Where it’s OK for our leaders and media to go mum on this worldwide warming crisis, even though over 400,000 of us insisted on action at People’s Climate March, (most of them New Yorkers). Where, despite all evidence that Fracking is a public health hazard, leaks methane gas like a sieve, and will certainly screw up our drinking water, the present governor cannot make up his mind. Where the recent snow storm buries Buffalo in a record-breaking snow storm and no dots between it and Climate Change were connected in our local media, not even in our public media: Buffalo Area Needs To Dig Out; Then Prepare For Possible Flooding (11/21/2014 WXXI)
Other non-local news outlets were not so timid: Cold snap caused by climate change-weakened jet stream, scientists suggest and These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy and Are weather extremes the new normal? more...
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Green Business - We are working on finding Green Jobs for our area. As always, we will post anything we can dip up on finding employment for people who want to sustain themselves and the planet at the same time.
Here's the Latest on Green Business News for the Rochester, NY area:
You’re a student wanting a career in Sustainability or you’re and industry that wants to be more sustainable- meet at Climate Corps. “EDF Climate Corps is the premier fellowship program from Environmental Defense Fund. We recruit and train top graduate students and embed them in leading organizations to provide expert hands-on support for your energy management initiatives.”
- NY reports 7 deals for clean energy projects ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say they have reached agreements in principle to finance seven clean energy projects with a dozen banks and investment firms and the state's new NY Green Bank. They hope to close deals this year that would lead to more than $800 million invested in solar energy, cogeneration and energy-efficiency. The goal is a 575,000-ton annual reduction in carbon dioxide by generating and using energy in ways that reduce pollution and burning fossil fuels. (October 23, 2014) North Country Public Radio [more on Green Business in our area]
- Rochester company awarded funding to develop solar technology A Rochester company has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to go towards solar energy development, according to officials. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office says Intrinsiq Materials Incorporated, a nanotechnology leader in printable electronic ink, has been awarded $450,000. (October 22, 2014) WHEC [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our area]
- Environmental moves make good business sense Bob Bechtold built a successful manufacturing company by embracing new technology, not treating it as a threat. Bechtold founded Harbec, Inc., almost 40 years ago in the Wayne County town of Ontario as an all-purpose machine shop. Computerized machine tools were just starting to make their way to shop floors, and some in the toolmaking and machining industries worried that the technology would supplant highly skilled workers. Bechtold says he believed that computers would be the best tool that toolmakers ever had. "And so I began wherever I could to change Harbec general purpose machine shop into Harbec, utilizer of technologies and opportunities to forge new business opportunities," he says. (July 30, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper [more on Green Business in our area]
Submission deadline is February 27, 2015. Read more at: www.fastforwardroc.org"
Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives
Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT, and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute.
Its Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment.
As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness.
An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015.
Read more at: www.fastforwardroc.org"
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Top Ten Things You Can Do for Rochester’s Environment .
This list assumes you are ready to take responsibility (as a member of the only species capable of doing so) for your presence at this critical time in our planet’s history. And, it isn’t about just your personal fulfillment thing—our environment isn’t politics, religion, a fad, or a cause; it’s science all the way down. Pollute the planet, stuff happens. Finally, in order for the effects of this list to be effective a lot (I mean billions) of humans need to do them too. In the deepest practical sense, everything you do (where you live, what you eat, what you buy, what you throw away) matters to our environment. Ready folks, here we go:
- Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
- When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
- When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle.
- Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
- Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
- Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
- Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
- Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment. Our environment, our life support system, IS plants and animals and soil. When they don’t function neither will we.
- Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
- Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly. Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.
350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.
RochesterEnvironment.com Environmental Calendar is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental calendar for our area. Got an environment event? Contact me and I'll get it listed.
Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...
- Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton
- Solutions You Can Use to Climate Change Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 pm First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Rd, Rochester Renewable Energy Solutions YOU can use Presented by Susan Spencer, PhD A Citizens’ Solution to Climate Change Presented by Sarah Mittiga, Tim McGowan, Climate Change Lobby (CCL) Rochester Chapter Free and open to the public. All are invited. Sponsored by The Environmental Climate Task Force Check our Facebook page
- Sunday, December 7, 6-7 PM
- LIGHTS FOR LIMA [PERU] CLIMATE VIGIL St. Monica Church, 831 Genesee St. Rochester 14611 A strong international agreement is a key part of the fight against climate change. This December, representatives of the world’s governments are meeting in Lima, Peru to build towards such an agreement in the coming year. Time is running out for a strong climate agreement. We need to show world leaders that people of all faiths and spiritualties support their efforts to reach such an agreement. All are invited to take part in #LightForLima, a global series of vigils on the evening of December 7 – right in the middle of the Lima meetings to join in prayer with people of faith and hope all over the globe.
- Spanning five days, from Tuesday
through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015,
- Greentopia I FILM is now open for submissions of non-fiction features, shorts, and children’s films *The deadline to submit is December 22, 2014. In its fourth year, innovative documentary film festival, Greentopia | FILM, brings inspiring and award-winning non-fiction films and events to Rochester area moviegoers. Spanning five days, from Tuesday through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015, Greentopia | FILM has become known for its lively cross-pollination of art, ideas, community engagement and fun. Greentopia I FILM "Greentopia | FILM believes in our community and in showcasing the positive changes, projects and people that are often not covered in more mainstream news and media channels. Through the incredible generosity of local film makers, Greentopia | FILM has been able to produce 3 short documentaries a year for the past 2 years. In 2014, we received funding from NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) to actually commission the films, offering a $1,000 stipend and festival film passes to each of the 3 selected film makers. All Community Supported Films (CSFs) tell a story of something happening in the Greater Rochester area that embraces the concept of sustainability or community building in some way. We look for positive success stories – no docs trying to expose some injustice. Here are examples of films produced over the past two festivals. " Greentopia
- Selected entries will be
screened at the Little Theatre to kick off Earth Week on
April 17, 2015. Category winners will be screened at the
Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House on April 18,
- Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT, and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
- What we are hearing: World renowned climate scientist and activist and author, Dr. Hansen has agreed to speak the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015. More details to come as I learn more.
Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.
ACTION highlightSign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, (October 9, 2012) over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.
But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up. Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties.
Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse. It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures. Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State. Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here. Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now.
ACTION: Often, I receive requests to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local environmental issues needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world.
- ACTION: Due Date: November 30th
Because NYS DEC comment period has been extended yet again (Nov 30) on proposal by an oil terminal operator at the Port of Albany, take action. The Tar Sands fight comes home to NY “Right now there is a proposal before the Department of Environmental Conservation to expand the amount of crude oil coming into the port of Albany from 1.2 billion gallons to nearly 3 billion gallons annually. In addition, the applicant, Global Partnerss LLC is looking to build a boiler facility to heat the heavy tar sands coming off rail cars to reduce viscosity and facilitate more fluid transfer to ships. The DEC has already determined that there are no significant environmental impacts attached to these actions. Will you tell DEC to take the necessary steps to ensure a full environmental impact statement is conducted on this emerging threat to New York’s health and safety?” Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. Read more: Comment period extended on Port of Albany oil plant proposal
ACTION: Due Date: November 30, 2014
Take action Tell EPA to put “strongest limits ever proposed to end the worst climate change polluter: dirty coal plants”: ACTION: SUPPORT A STRONG CARBON RULE (You have about 10 days left to comment on the nation’s Clean Power Plan, as presented by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year. Nov 30th) The fossil fuel industry is rising up against the strongest limits ever proposed to end the worst climate change polluter: dirty coal plants. But the industry doesn’t have the public’s support. We do. Dirty power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution that is driving climate change. Right now, these plants are dumping as much carbon as they want into the atmosphere, and we and our children are stuck with the costs. It's time to adopt commonsense limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Tell the EPA you support these limits on carbon pollution and to make them as strong as possible. The polluters and their allies will be doing everything they can to stop it. So let’s give this everything we can." From Earth Justice Read more: Nonrenewable Power Strikes Hardest At “The Least Of Us” from CleanTechnica
ACTION: Due Date: December 15th 2014
Make comment on aquatic invasive species in NYS to DEC by 12/15, as Climate Change makes our water warmer warming must be factored in. There’s no way we can control aquatic invasive species in NYS unless we do so under the umbrella of Climate Change because invasive species are more likely to thrive in our warmer water and our endemic aquatic species less able to thrive. DEC Releases Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 15 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released its Draft Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) strategy to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS in New York State for public comment. Comments will be accepted through December 15. Aquatic Invasive Species threaten the ecology of New York's rich abundance of waters and can harm water-based recreational opportunities and economies. New York is particularly vulnerable to AIS due to its vast marine and fresh water resources, major commercial ports and the easy access that ocean-going vessels have to the Great Lakes via the State's canal system. Managing an infestation is extremely costly, so prevention is the most cost-effective strategy. (October 29, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) [more on Invasive Species in our area]
ACTION: Due Date: December 17th 2014
- Making comment on open space in NYS and Climate Change, it’s no longer fun and games. This is critical ”…the Commissioners now ask the public to make recommendations on how open space conservation programs can make the state better prepared and more resilient in preparation of future storms and climate change.” “Public comments can be submitted by email to LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov or mailed to DEC by December 17 to: Open Space Conservation Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233” DEC and State Parks Release State Open Space Conservation Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 17; Public Hearings to be Held Statewide Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Commissioner Rose Harvey today released the 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan for public comment. The plan guides State Environmental Protection Fund investments in open space protection. Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted from September 17 until December 17 and a series of public hearings will be held across the state from October 21 to October 23. (September 17, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
ACTION: Due date:
February 27, 2015
- Got short film abilities and want to message importance of our environment? Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT, and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- President Obama, please stop 'game over' dirty tars sands fossil fuel so we can get going on adapting to and mitigating Climate Change. Everyone, please sign this petition. Sign the petition to President Obama
ACTION: Due Date now
- Please sign this petition: DEMAND NPR RESTORE ITS CLIMATE REPORTING TEAM As tax-paying citizens of the USA, whose government supplies 4.6% of NPR’s income (and 39% from individual contributors), we insist that you restore your climate reporting team—or rather, actually increase it. At this critical juncture, with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up where our leaders need to act on Climate Change, our public needs more day-to-day, accessible, and thorough coverage. NPR’s reasoning that “because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats”, it’s OK to gut your climate reporting teams ignores the fact that so many Americans are uninformed about an issue that requires long-term planning and public support for long-term adaptation strategies as noted in most climate plans and studies. more...
- ACTION: Due Date: NOw!
- New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture. This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces. Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders. Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo, The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet. Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers. We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past. Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
- ACTION: Due Date Now
- ACTION: Due Date Now
- Considering signing a petition or donating to help this cause to reject Inergy Midstream‘s (now Crestwood) proposal to store Liquefied Petroleum Gas and expand natural gas storage at facilities on the shore of Seneca Lake in Reading, NY. More at Gas Free Seneca Even folks in the Rochester area should care about the health of our Finger Lakes. Airman-turned-activist arrested for 'civil disobedience'
- ACTION: Due Date Now
- No Ginna Bailout “Ginna, Looking for a Handout” “In June, 2014, nuclear company Exelon announced that its Ginna nuclear reactor in Wayne County is losing millions of dollars and will close unless the Public Service Commission forces ratepayers to pay more money to keep the plant open. If Exelon gets its way, Rochester-area ratepayers would be on the hook to help Ginna become profitable again by digging into their own pockets! Sound outrageous? We think so, too, and we are organizing to keep Ginna from getting this bailout. The Public Service Commission needs to hear from you. Submit a comment here: --from Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
- ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- Please sign Environmental Action's petition to UnFrack Obama's Clean Power Plan: A few months ago, President Obama and the EPA proposed the nation's first-ever rules to limit global warming pollution from power plants. It's a great idea, but we've discovered a hidden flaw in the rules that could spell disaster: The rules currently favor fracked gas over renewables. If these rules aren't fixed, they could encourage dozens of power plants to switch to gas, shackling Americans to toxic fracking for decades to come. We only have until December 1st to file official public comments telling the EPA to fix the rules.
- ACTION: Due Date now
- Say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Take home message: “Legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion and reduce air pollution could all be subject to attack by corporations as a result of TPP.” SAY NO TO CORPORATE POWER GRABS - REJECT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TO: GOVERNMENTS OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, CHILE, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, PERU, THE USA AND VIETNAM The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy. We strongly urge you to publish the text of the TPP as it stands now, reject proposals that would undermine your regulatory power and oppose this corporate power-grab
ACTION: Due Date: now
- Get your community to pledge to the NYS Climate Smart Communities program. This will be one of the most important actions you can take on addressing Climate Change in our region. If you live in the Western New York, Rochester region and don’t belong to Irondequoit, Brighton, Rochester, and Victor, [check here] your community probably has not voluntary pledged to this program. Your community should belong in order to take “Local Action to Combat Climate Change. Two types of actions enable Climate Smart Communities to minimize the risks of climate change and reduce its long-term costs: Reducing GHG Emissions: Starting now to reduce GHG emissions and create permanent sinks that remove GHG from the atmosphere; these actions will help stabilize atmospheric GHGs at manageable levels and avoid severe climatic changes. Adapting to a Changing Climate: Altering the built and natural environment in anticipation of predicted climatic changes, or in response to actual changes, which will alleviate the risks associated with unavoidable changes in climate.” Ask your community leaders to make the pledge, get state assistance, and help make this voluntary program more robust. For more info go here: Climate Smart Communities and check the Rochester Sierra Club’s 2014 Forum on this: "Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program" There is no excuse for your community not being a part of this state-wide program.
ACTION: Due Date: Now (with your friends and group)
- What if in the Rochester, NY area we channeled this idea of the street librarian to educate locals on Climate Change. So, we put together materials and get a neat bike (see photo) made so we casually ride around all the neighborhoods of Rochester and answer anyone’s questions about Climate Change in our area, hand out literature, engage the public at the very street level in a very low carbon emissions footprint way on this worldwide crisis. This wouldn’t be a charity project at all. This would be a crucial link in the Climate Change issue that is missing in the Rochester area—outreach. If we hope to have a chance that the public will support the long-term actions we must make to upgrade and refit our infrastructure (transportation, telecommunications, water, etc.) we are going to need the public to understand an support these efforts year after year, elections after elections. This outreach program would be inexpensive, effective, and probably a lot of freaking fun. Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon (October 9, 2014) New York Times
ACTION: Due Date: now
- Your input needed on shaping Western New York trails for the future, a future when less greenhouse gas emissions for transportation is a must. Help shape western New York’s trail network "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is updating its trails plan for the Genesee Finger Lakes Region and wants your input. This is your opportunity to help further shape a truly regional, interconnected trail network for Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, Wyoming, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, and Yates Counties. Use the short needs assessment survey and online interactive map to provide feedback on existing and planned trails and ideas for new connections and other corridors or locations for future trail development. The map even lets you see what others have already suggested. "
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Please make comment on a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. Transportation issues are strongly related to Climate Change because our transportation infrastructure (roads and bridges) is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather—heat, flooding, and very expensive to repair. Most of your transportation dollars ($15 billion annually in New York State) go to keeping this vast system in repair, and now it must do so in a time of warming. If the public doesn’t urge our transportation authorities to strongly make our system more robust and resilient, and provide more and more access to alternative transportation (bicycling and walking) in a time of increased extreme weather, the transportation system as a whole might be in jeopardy. We have many bridges and roads and disrepair already and much will have to be done at a high cost to ready the transportation system to Climate Change. More folks walking and bicycling would reduce the amount of infrastructure wear (after they are built) more safety, and a lot less greenhouse gas emissions. Without public support for this increase attention to our transportation infrastructure it may compromise our most robust and viable adaptation efforts in our region. All climate studies in this region call for major updating and repair of our transportation infrastructures. Transportation Survey: Genesee Transportation Council wants your input Work is underway for develop strategies that will guide investments in transportation for the NEXT 25 YEARS – a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. You can help by 1. Taking a Brief 5 Minute Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/GTC-LRTP-2040. 2. Go to the Public Input Map at wikimapping.com/wikimap/gtc-lrtp-2040/p-71950 and add any comments you have/show what projects you feel would be beneficial.
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them? "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session. WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year. Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
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- Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013, Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.” open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment. This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more. Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
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- Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation. The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up today! "
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- New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
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- Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems. For more information: NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
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- Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change? Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: email@example.com We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
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- Don’t need those massive phone books? Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees . Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year. (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
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- Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
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- As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical. We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait. Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
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- Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature. But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up. Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse. It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures. Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State. Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here. Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now.
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- Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather? Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.
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- My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
- 11/27/2014 - Center of Rochester, NY (High Falls) on its way to become major eco-center of the state, by Friends of the GardenAerial Long-term effort to recover industrialize center of Rochester, is moving towards providing an environmentally healthy core to our city—for learning, for living, for businesses, and proving that we can recover loss ecologies from our industrialized past. Garden Aerial Breaks Ground Garden Aerial is taking part in an effort to help beautify High Falls. We talk with Lisa Baron about the project's recent groundbreaking. (November 21, 2014) FOX Rochester News [more on Environmental Health in our area]
- 11/27/2014 - Lecture “mitigating climate change by pulling existing GHGs from the atmosphere” Monday, December 1, 2014 – 6:00 to 7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church ( 2nd Floor Alliance Rm.), 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry, Buffalo, NY ; Free and open to the public All invited – Niagara Sierra Club Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group monthly session The presenter will be Dave Majewski of Premium Services, Inc. His topic will be mitigating climate change by pulling existing GHGs from the atmosphere. Concepts explored will include soil restoration, carbon storage, agroforestry, photosynthesis, root biomass/fungi, farming practices, reduction in synthetics, removing the “moron principle’ (more-on = more-on = more-on…!) and habitat conservation and restoration. Go here to see a current article about David’s work. As climate activists, the more facts and information we have fresh at our disposal, the more effective we can be.
- 11/27/2014 - I know, for many folks in Rochester it’s snowing so it means global warming isn’t happening, but seriously folks, worldwide heatwaves endanger the elderly. Out of all the complicated scenarios that occur when our atmosphere and water trap more heat into our climate system is that our weather gets thrown out of whack, like more frequent and extreme lake-effect snow. But there is an obvious scenario that occurs—more frequent heatwaves put a lot of heat stress on the elderly. Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change A combination of global warming and population growth means more people will be exposed to extreme weather systems, with an ageing population particularly at risk from heatwaves, says Royal Society (November 26, 2014) The Guardian
- 11/27/2014 - Today’s lesson boys and girls, What are Bomb Trains and where can you find them? Ans. They transport your dangerous fossil fuel energy in outdated tank car models. As to where they are…. It’s a secret. We so should have gone renewable energy (wind and solar) instead of saddling ourselves to a fuel that will make our life support system unsustainable. Gov’t Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes A ProPublica analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face. (November 25, 2014) ProPublica
- 11/26/2014 - Thinking that Ginna nuclear reactor (one of the oldest in the country) shouldn’t be threatening a shutdown unless they get a bailout is a bad idea? Maybe there’s a job for you: Alliance for a Green Economy Seeks Rochester-area Energy Democracy Organizer --from Alliance for a Green Economy
- 11/26/2014 - Before Governor Cuomo pushes the button to lift the Fracking moratorium, have we learned anything about Fracking elsewhere? We should have never let our energy options in a time of Climate Change be hijacked by the Fracking issue here in New York State. Imagine if we had gone %100 on renewable energy six years ago (when the Fracking controversy hit NYS) instead of setting the table for Fracking with Bomb trains and gas storage near the shores of Seneca Lake. Look, we don’t want Governor Cuomo to get in a freaking debate about Climate Change; we want him to lead on Climate Change as he promised. And that he has not done: “Cuomo, he who said he would lead on Climate Change, isn’t” | Where Oil and Politics Mix After an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety began to ripple across the North Dakota prairie. (November 23, 2014) New York Times
- 11/26/2014 - So if NYS lifts the moratorium on Fracking, our DEC will be ready to inspect, regulate, and monitor—right? Or just like North Dakota? The underside of the Fracking boom is like the underside of an iceberg—it’s the majority of the problem, not just an aspect of the problem. The Downside of the Boom North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances. (November 22, 2014) New York Times
- 11/26/2014 - Greentopia I FILM is now open for submissions of non-fiction features, shorts, and children’s films *The deadline to submit is December 22, 2014. In its fourth year, innovative documentary film festival, Greentopia | FILM, brings inspiring and award-winning non-fiction films and events to Rochester area moviegoers. Spanning five days, from Tuesday through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015, Greentopia | FILM has become known for its lively cross-pollination of art, ideas, community engagement and fun. Greentopia I FILM
- 11/26/2014 - Question: How many arrests does it take for the public to stop the storage of dangerous gas near Seneca Lake? Ans. More than 73. Many are putting their bodies on the line to save our region’s water, environment, and wine industry. Crestwood arrest total now up to 73 (November 23, 2014) Finger Lakes Times
- 11/26/2014 - COP 20 in Lima is not only setting the table for real action on Climate Change in COP 21 in Paris, it’s making us all hungry for a real meal. 400,000 of us marched around in New York City for the People’s Climate March because we demanded action on Climate Change for our leaders. How is that action going? Watch Lima. Let’s make sure 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris doesn’t turn into another dud like Copenhagen. | CAN Annual Policy Document: "Lima: Raising the Curtain on Paris"(November 17, 2014) Climate Action Network International
- 11/25/2014 - Can there really be a Thanksgiving if our Finger Lakes are being threatened by dangerous fossil fuel storage and heroes sit in jail to stop that? Are we prostrate with “Climate Helplessness” as Sandra Steingraber suggests, – which includes a “corroboration and appeasement of both the mainstream environmental community and the federal government toward the oil and gas industry”? Have we entered an age where we just sit like deer in the headlights as our leaders, our media, our environmental groups, and our government, infantilizes us with senseless silence as the fossil fuel industry drills roughshod over our future? This raises interesting questions about ourselves as we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire of Climate Change. The Crappy Mom Manifesto: Letter to Fellow Mothers from the Chemung County Jail (November 24, 2014) EcoWatch
- 11/25/2014 - Report on World Bank report on dangerous ‘New Climate Normal’ for development mention’s Buffalo’s snowstorm. Even though our region gets on the world stage for a possible extreme weather event connected to Climate Change, we don’t talk about it here. World Bank: ‘New climate normal’ poses risk to development (November 24, 2014) tcktcktck
- 11/25/2014 - When you know that governments are spending $88 billion every year supporting fossil fuel exploration, then screwing alternative fuels is craven. No way should the Environmental Protection Agency roll back a renewable fuel standard. White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels (November 24, 2014) Los Angeles Times
- 11/25/2014 - One of the consequences of Climate Change in our area is that poison ivy will get more poisonous to us. There’s more…. Likely Changes. | Plan to rid land of invasives hits snag in Town of Canandaigua The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association is seeking to remove the invasive vegetation and restore the land to its natural condition, before it was used as farmland and abandoned in the early 1970s. The $4,800 project, funds for which were raised by the organization, would rid about four acres of land of poison ivy, European buckthorn and other invasives and plant and seed natural trees and plants in their stead. (November 25, 2014) Daily Messenger
- 11/25/2014 - If you don’t like a wind turbine, just take it down. If you don’t like the old nuclear plant, suck it up. Some think nuclear power is the answer to our energy woes in a time of Climate Change—it’s just the 10 years and 10 billion dollars building it and the forever getting rid of it that presents the problems. Renewable energy goes up quickly, provides lots of jobs, doesn’t warm your planet, doesn’t get in the news every time there’s a ‘problem’, and when parts wear out you just take them away and recycle them. With nuclear power, no matter how far beyond their due date, you are required to live with them. Seems like we’ll do anything to avoid the best solutions to all our energy needs—wind and solar and geothermal, and wave and better batteries and energy conservation, energy efficiency and micro grids. We demand of our politicians lower costs, and more energy, and we don’t care what it does to the planet and if any politicians don’t give us this we will vote them out. Gonna be hard to find impossible solutions in a time of Climate Change. NYC decries plan for Ginna plant (November 23, 2014) Democrat and Chronicle [more on Energy in our area]
- 11/25/2014 - Climate Change may well mean worse lake-effect storms—until things really warm up. What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow The plight of Buffalo, socked in under feet upon feet of snow, has entranced the country. Social media lit up with mind-boggling pictures of the snow-buried landscape, from hundreds of cars trapped on the highway to doorways blocked by walls of snow. While Buffalonians are no strangers to large amounts of snow that the lake effect (so called because the lake provides the moisture that fuels the snow) can bring, but even this was a little much for them. “This is definitely one of the strongest lake bands that we’ve experienced,” Judy Levan, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, said. “It’s definitely in the top five.” And it’s something Buffalo could face more often in a warming world. Rising global temperatures are also warming the Great Lakes and keeping them ice-free longer during the cold season. (November 1, 2014) [more on Climate Change
- 11/25/2014 - Excellent article on the Merrill's Law and importance of clarifying the present "safe distance" law with a more exact 3-foot law. It is amazing how quickly those don’t believe distracted driving is an important issue and/or hold an outright craven disregard for the safety of others will change their attitudes when a police officer informs them they have violated the law—or worse, have struck someone with their vehicle and maimed them. Active transportation (walking and bicycling) is a crucial part of our transportation system and it will increase. If careless vehicle operators don’t voluntarily share the road with those not encased in a steel jacket with lots of gadgets, more laws protecting the safety of all of us will come. More education and constant reminders by the city and county (as public service announcements) would go far in moving our increasingly diverse transportation system forward. A 'safe' distance? Cyclist law unenforced (November 24, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 11/24/2014 - 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up in a year. Find out why this is important to you. You will be hearing a lot about the Paris 2015 climate conference and it will be a benchmark in your life and for our environment. Whether we, humanity, take this climate talk seriously is up to us. Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system”. (November 22, 2014) The Guardian
- 11/23/2014 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter November 23, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free. Click Subscribe
- 11/23/2014 - This Thanksgiving give thanks to the natural wonder that is Seneca Lake and those who sit in jail as a stance to protect it from fossil fuel invaders. Learn about this local environmental issue and help: WE ARE SENECA LAKE | Steingraber, Boland and Micklem Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail for Protesting Methane Gas Storage (November 21, 2014) EcoWatch
- 11/22/2014 - One thing for sure, if former Brighton Supervisor Sandra Frankel becomes Monroe County Executive: No more Climate Change denial. With Sandy Frankel in office we can properly plan for our future. Climate Change means we have to plan. In the Monroe County, including the Rochester region, we can barely speak about the worldwide crisis of Climate Change, let alone begin a major effort in our region to educate the public and begin properly planning for the changes that will come (and are happening now) to our region. Sandy Frankel has spoken out many times publically on our critical need to address Climate Change and even backed our local efforts to get Rochesterians to the recent People’s Climate March in NYC to demonstrate our need for our leaders to act. Sandy Frankel is a proven leader and her leadership in our county would be a major step forward in planning for our future. I am so not political, as the present scene is dreadful, but I must speak out for what would be a demonstrable change in the climate of our region. With someone leading on Climate Change in our county we would see a major shift in public attitudes on the crisis of our age, changes in the media and their willingness to connect the dots of local extreme weather with warming predictions, and changes in business who’d get a clear message that really being green means a sustainable future. If you are looking for good news on the Climate Change crisis, Sandy Frankel as Monroe County Executive could be that news. Let the debates begin. Frankel weighing second county exec bid (November 20, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
- 11/22/2014 - Why does our military give a rat’s ass about our addiction to fossil fuels? Watch ‘The Burden’ Check this out by Producer/ Director, The Burden : “I am very excited to announce the release of the official trailer for The Burden. You can watch it here: www.theburdenfilm.com, and please feel free to forward it far and wide. In advance of our public release and official premiere (stay tuned), we've already received an overwhelming response at private screenings at venues like West Point, the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol and elsewhere. These screenings are helping spread the word and raise the funds we need to continue promoting the film and its strategic advocacy campaign. As you are one of The Burden's most ardent supporters, I wanted to make sure you saw our latest press release as we begin our media outreach. Please take a look below to see what we are up to, and thank you again for your dedication to helping end our fossil fuel dependence as soon as possible.” http://www.theburdenfilm.com
- 11/22/2014 - Today’s lessen boys and girls, In what way are earthquakes and Climate Change alike? Ans. Both REQUIRE planning and action to protect the public. Politicians must often balance the problem of reassuring the public in the face of danger or misleading them and lulling them into a false security. With both earthquake warnings and Climate Change predictions there presents to the decision makers the quandary of calling a false alarm, where there occurs much unnecessary disruption to the public, or not calling alarm resulting in catastrophic damage and loss of life. Unlike the subtle warnings of earthquakes rumbling away for weeks, Climate Change can no longer be viewed as a far-off threat where we can wait and see. Climate Change is happening and continues to get worse. Those leaders that lean towards the message given by the deniers and money from those who benefit from business as usual, instead of listening to the vast majority of scientists who say our climate is warming quickly and we must act—will be held accountable. L'Aquila earthquake scientists freed but political lessons remain (11/21/2014), Dr. Lawrence Torcello, The Conversation
- 11/22/2014 - Like slowly boiling frogs, we have become so accustomed to the new normal of higher temperatures we don’t see the threat. We don’t see this constant march of warmer months in our local news, so when your living in a place like Rochester or Buffalo and you’re getting nailed by lake-effect snow (though more extreme) you tend not to think it’s getting steadily warmer worldwide. This denial of the worldwide view and the lack of extreme weather connection with Climate Change is incredibly irresponsible of our media. Something has to give and it will not be the physics of Climate Change. October: maintaining the warming trend for 2014 September broke global temperature records and October was pretty close behind, recent data from NASA and the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) confirm. (November 20, 2014) tcktcktck
- 11/22/2014 - Of course, one way to keep our children safe from crude-oil trains is to go renewable energy (wind and solar). Increasingly, it’s hard to imagine, except for business as usual, why we put our children, our water, and our climate in such danger when we have other options for energy. Even if we didn’t have other options, should our stance be that we will have our way of a fossil-fueled life or none at all? The Climate Change crisis is teaching us one thing if nothing else: We are paying a high price indeed for an energy system dependent on burning, digging, and transporting fossil fuels. Oil and schools don't mix, enviro groups say About 350 New York state schools, including at least 63 in Monroe County, lie within a mile of railroad tracks used by trains carrying volatile crude oil, a coalition of environmental and other advocacy groups said Thursday. The groups urged state and federal official to bolster emergency planning at those educational facilities and to require crude-oil trains to travel more slowly near schools. "We are deeply concerned about the growing number of crude oil rail cars passing through the Hudson Valley and across New York State every day," said Claire Barnett, executive director of the Albany-based Health Schools Network. "A catastrophic event, should it happen near an occupied school, could devastate a community for a generation or more." (November 20, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 11/21/2014 - This is code for Climate Change: "No matter how you cut it, this event will end up in the top five for the Lake Erie area …" But, of course, our local public media cannot say this because it’s too controversial, which is to say when it is no longer controversial to connect the dots with extreme weather (warmer lake water, no ice, more snow) and Climate Change, we will have squandered a lot more time when we could have been preparing. How I ‘cut it’ is that it’s possible that our present snow storm is connected to Climate Change and I’m not the only one. Cold snap caused by climate change-weakened jet stream, scientists suggest and These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy | Buffalo Area Needs To Dig Out; Then Prepare For Possible Flooding Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. (November 21, 2014) WXXI
- 11/21/2014 - All those who think building a massive gas storage facility that would threaten our Finger Lakes waters a shitty idea, please raise your hand. Finally, a local Rochester, NY media is giving us a sense of the gravity and importance of the threat to our local environment because of the goings on at Seneca Lake shores. Go to We Are Seneca lake and Gas Free Seneca to find out more and how to help. This crisis is not just about them, it’s about US. Opposition builds to gas storage facility on Seneca Lake shore As protests continue over construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake, people across the entire Finger Lakes region opposed to the project are getting involved. As protests continue over construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake, people across the entire Finger Lakes region opposed to the project are getting involved. “The Finger Lakes is all of us,” said Rosemary Hooper, a Naples resident who has joined others from Ontario County in participating in the campaign to stop the building of the gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. Texas-based Crestwood Midstream's proposal is to use old abandoned salt caverns along the lake to store millions of barrels of liquid petroleum gas and billions of cubic feet of natural gas. Those opposed include organizations, individuals, businesses and municipalities. The Ontario County Board of Supervisors, Yates County Legislature, Seneca County Board of Supervisors and Geneva City Council are among those that have passed motions opposing the proposed storage facility. (November 19, 2014) Gates-Chili Post
- 11/21/2014 - How is New York State staking up on its Climate Change Adaptation Plans with other states? Check that out: State and Local Adaptation Plans States and communities around the country have begun to prepare for the climate changes that are already underway. This planning process typically results in a document called an adaptation plan. Below is a map that highlights the status of state adaptation efforts. Click on a state to view a summary of its progress to date and to access its full profile page. State profile pages include a detailed breakdown of each state's adaptation work and links to local adaptation plans and resources. Please move the map to view Alaska and Hawaii. Georgetown Climate Center
- 11/21/2014 - Do you have something to say about our environment? Have you figured out the video function on your cell phone? Enter Rochester’s FFFF. The Fast Forward Film Festival, what a unique and fund chance for you, or your group, to message concerns about our environment that are not being addressed by local media. FFFF “The Fast Forward Film Festival (FFFF) invites emerging and established filmmakers from the greater Rochester area to submit to the inaugural Fast Forward Film Festival. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience and compel audiences to engage with the community and raise environmental awareness.”
- 11/21/2014 - Has Climate Change caused this cold spell with extreme snowfall in our region? People, rightly so, are starting to ask. My view is that if it is even remotely possible that we have upset our weather by Climate Change on level where we get the jitters every time extreme weather hits, we ought to start planning and adapting to Climate Change. While the deniers continual to say that these extreme weather events fall within the normal range, or cold spell means Global Warming is not happening, climate experts are filling in our gaps of knowledge between extreme events and Climate Change. Waiting until we have exact proof that this or that storm was caused by Climate Change is a gamble—because in the meantime we haven’t been preparing on a worldwide level. The ‘wait and see’ stance that our local media are taking on these extreme events is a gamble that Climate Change is not the cause—which means we are squandering more and more time doing nothing to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change. Cold snap caused by climate change-weakened jet stream, scientists suggest (November 20, 2014) Aljazeera America
- 11/21/2014 - The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is not a giveaway; it is “a mechanism to redistribute money from the developed to the developing world, in order to assist the developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.” It is in the best interest for the developing nations to create a fund where developing nations can develop without developing in the dirty energy way we did—because our life support system cannot handle that. U.N. Green Fund gets $9.3 billion in pledges at Berlin conference (November 20, 2014) Reuters
- 11/20/2014 - If Congress doesn’t include Climate Change in talks on algae contamination of Lake Erie drinking water they’re missing the elephant in the lake. Read EPA's 2-page fact sheet "Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms " | Congress holds hearing on algae contamination of Lake Erie drinking water (November 19, 2014) Cleveland.com [more on Water Quality and Great Lakes in our area]
- 11/20/2014 - After dismal mid-term elections on Climate Change can GOP lead on Climate Change? Remember: They’re no scientist. Watch Colberts' The Republicans' Inspiring Climate Change Message
- 11/20/2014 - Shopping for kid’s Christmas presents? Don’t buy them toxic toys, find our more… Empire State Consumer Project 2014 Children’s Products Safety Report MEDIA ALERT: CONSUMER GROUP STILL FINDS HIGH LEVELS OF TOXICS IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS Pittsford, New York - Empire State Consumer Project (ESCP) announces its 43rd Annual Toy and Children's Products Report in a news conference Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00 AM in Room 101 of the Pittsford Recreation Department, 35 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsford. ESCP's annual report highlights unsafe children's products, product designs and toxic product ingredients. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that in the three year period from 2008 through 2010, there were 333 deaths of children under 5 from nursery products, or an average of 111 annually. For calendar year 2012, there were 11 reports of toy-related deaths and 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments. ESCP of Rochester is one of the country's leading consumer advocacy groups. In 2013, the group's 2010 testing of apple juices for arsenic led the FDA to set arsenic limits on apple juice of 10 ppm. For more information on Empire State Consumer Project's 43rd Annual Toy and Children's Products Report (attached), contact Judy Braiman at 585-383-1317. (November 2014) Empire State Consumer Project, Inc. [more on Environmental Health in our area]
- 11/20/2014 - Rachel Maddow nails the absurdity of vote on Keystone XL. Watch, only 6.15 minutes. What On Earth Were They Thinking? Rachel Maddow On The Democratic Party
- “Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” | Is climate change a scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? All that, and more? COMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects that can happen anywhere We encourage you to screen the film with as many people as possible. Please contact us if you need help setting up or promoting a screening, or would like us to attend. Below are some tools and advice to help you have the most successful screening possible. You can also use this flyer to share information about the film with people who might want to collaborate on a screening.
- 11/20/2014 - ACTION: New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture. This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces. Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders. Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo, The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet. Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers. We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past. Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
- 11/20/2014 - Take action Tell EPA to put “strongest limits ever proposed to end the worst climate change polluter: dirty coal plants”: ACTION: SUPPORT A STRONG CARBON RULE (You have about 10 days left to comment on the nation’s Clean Power Plan, as presented by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year. Nov 30th) The fossil fuel industry is rising up against the strongest limits ever proposed to end the worst climate change polluter: dirty coal plants. But the industry doesn’t have the public’s support. We do. Dirty power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution that is driving climate change. Right now, these plants are dumping as much carbon as they want into the atmosphere, and we and our children are stuck with the costs. It's time to adopt commonsense limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Tell the EPA you support these limits on carbon pollution and to make them as strong as possible. The polluters and their allies will be doing everything they can to stop it. So let’s give this everything we can." From Earth Justice Read more: Nonrenewable Power Strikes Hardest At “The Least Of Us” from CleanTechnica
- 11/20/2014 - Climate Change’s evil sibling—ocean acidification—needs to be monitored, adapted to, and mitigated also. Discovering a baseline is critical. 40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data (November 18, 2014) Climate Central
- 11/19/2014 - Proud moment on #noKXL when I saw NYS Senators Schumer and Gillibrand vote NO! on political theater pipeline bill last night. Our state senators can do much more to help NYS adapt to and mitigate Climate Change. Schumer, Gillibrand help defeat Keystone XL pipeline in U.S. Senate . (November 18, 2014) Syracuse.com
- 11/19/2014 - The G20 givth and the G20 taketh away. They pledge to phase out dirty fossil fuels, then give $88B to explore for more. What’s wrong with this freaking picture? G20 governments propping up fossil fuel exploration The G20 pledged to phase out 'inefficient' fossil fuel subsidies in 2009, yet new research finds that governments are spending $88 billion every year supporting exploration – more than double what the oil and gas companies are investing. READ THE FULL REPORT The fossil fuel bailout: G20 subsidies for oil, gas and coal exploration Publication - November 2014 (November 2014) Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
- 11/19/2014 - ACTION: President Obama, please stop 'game over' dirty tars sands fossil fuel so we can get going on adapting to and mitigating Climate Change. Everyone, please sign this petition. Sign the petition to President Obama
- 11/19/2014 - ACTION: Please sign Environmental Action's petition to UnFrack Obama's Clean Power Plan: A few months ago, President Obama and the EPA proposed the nation's first-ever rules to limit global warming pollution from power plants. It's a great idea, but we've discovered a hidden flaw in the rules that could spell disaster: The rules currently favor fracked gas over renewables. If these rules aren't fixed, they could encourage dozens of power plants to switch to gas, shackling Americans to toxic fracking for decades to come. We only have until December 1st to file official public comments telling the EPA to fix the rules.
- 11/19/2014 - Keystone XL pipeline vote was political theater, President Obama should step up and reject this dirty tar sands pipeline once and for all. Keystone XL Bill Defeated in the Senate In response to a vote in the United States Senate on the Keystone XL pipeline, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement: “Once again, Congress tried to play games with our future–and failed. Since Keystone XL has always been President Obama’s decision, this vote was never anything more than an empty gesture of political theater. (November 18, 2014) 350.org [more on Energy and Climate Change in our area]
- 11/19/2014 - Climate Change: weather patterns like lake-effect snow will get more disruptive—warmer water, less ice, more snow. These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy Lake effect snow is the result of that cold, dry air moving over warmer water and picking up the moisture and heat, then dumping it as snow on the nearest downwind shoreline. In this case, that’s western New York. As the overall climate warms, lake effect snow has been increasing around the Great Lakes, because of less ice capping off the water. (November 18, 2014) Climate Central [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 11/18/2014 - The road to 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris will be fraught with humanity’s inertia. Learn more (first Hand) how U.S. Climate Diplomacy will work: Attend online: Entering the Homestretch: U.S. Climate Diplomacy on the Road to Paris November 24, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET Register Here. --from Center for American Progress
- 11/18/2014 - Turning Philadelphia and maybe Albany into fossil fuel hubs, is this what we really want? Or are we just too preoccupied to push for renewable energy that won’t threaten our life support system? There are many ways where “The World Can Transition to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy Starting Today” The Solutions Project Is it just easier and less inconvenient to let the fossil fuel industry, who are mad about making money regardless, preempt our moral responsibility to keep our environment healthy for generations to come? Could Philadelphia be the next Houston? The oil industry hopes so Public and private stakeholders are pushing to further capitalize on the Marcellus Shale fracking boom Philadelphia’s City Council will hold hearings this month to explore opportunities to help establish the city as an energy hub — a boon for an increasingly influential coalition of public and private players who want to transform it into the Houston of the Northeast. “Philly has the best ports, the best workforce, the best transportation and roads, great educational institutions and two very healthy refineries,” said Michael Krancer, a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, now a lawyer working with some of the energy companies involved in pushing for the city to become an energy center. “To put it mildly, eastern Pennsylvania is where the opportunity is to valorize our shale industry,” he said. Krancer and others want to make Philadelphia a hub for processing and distributing the massive amounts of energy flowing through the state, thanks to the Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing boom. (November 15, 2014) Aljazeera America
- 11/18/2014 - Meet some of the most prominent climate sceptics (and deniers) who will fight our every attempt to address Climate Change. Not only do we have a dysfunctional media, an uninformed public, and physics, we have powerful folks who have nothing better to do with their lives than keep their anti-science ideology alive—even though it will put us all in great danger. Meet the Republicans in Congress who don't believe climate change is real (November 17, 2014) The Guardian
- 11/18/2014 - “History knocked on your door—did you answer?” Climate Change Is a People’s Shock (October 6,) The Nation / Naomi Klein
- 11/18/2014 - 10 more arrested to protect Seneca Lake waters (35 arrested thus far) and a large rally is planned for the arraignment of the 16 arrested in earlier actions for Nov. 19th. 10 Arrested as ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ Protests Continue (November 17, 2014) EcoWatch
- 11/17/2014 - Incredible news about G20 meeting hijacked by Climate Change and Green Fund, but nothing in Rochester news. Or in the Sunday news programs for that matter, except some pissing and moaning that President Obama seems to have forgotten that the GOP was just given a mandate to ignore Climate Change after the mid-term elections. Mainstream media, what incredible nonsense. Rochester media has really got to change from a position of climate denial to properly informing the public of what is going on now—Climate Change. You must let your media know this climate denial thing is unacceptable. G20 pledges lift Green Climate Fund towards $10 billion U.N. goal (November 16, 2014) Reuters
- 11/17/2014 - For those who think the People’s Climate March didn’t make a difference, let them watch the proceedings of the G20. The public, the pubic around the world that is, is getting impatient with Climate Change denial and the self-interest of the fossil fuel industry. Changes in the public’s attitudes on Climate Change are afoot. Pressure mounts on G20 governments to drop fossil fuels (November 14, 2014) tcktcktck
- 11/17/2014 - If you get your news in Rochester, you’ll have to look far away to find the biggest environmental story at your footstep. Your neighbors are willing to put themselves in harm’s way and to be jailed to protect our wine country, our water, and the character of Seneca Lake. Be nice if some of our local media could inform our public about this issue and what the consequences of storing lots of liquid natural gas (I mean really a lot) in salt mines meant for say, salt, not extracted, explosive, fossil fuels that warm up the planet when burned. Upstate New Yorkers fear gas caves could blow wine, tourism industries (November 16, 2014) Aljazeera America
- 11/17/2014 - “All these extraction and dispersal activities [Earth’s crust] are unsustainable,” which is to say, unmaintainable, unsupportable, unbearable, unjustifiable, unworkable, indefensible, unviable, and unecological. SCD Concepts: Extraction and Dispersal- What’s In the Crust Should Probably Stay In the Crust (November 3, 2014) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
- 11/15/2014 - What’s the point of our creating environmental rules and regulations if our authorities don’t’ know about them? Help out, be pro-active on protecting your life support system by calling in environmental violations. New state hotline announced for reporting polluters, poachers The public will be able to instantly report poachers and polluters using a new toll-free hotline that will help to ensure strict enforcement of environmental laws that protect the State's natural resources, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday. The public will be able to instantly report poachers and polluters using a new toll-free hotline that will help to ensure strict enforcement of environmental laws that protect the State’s natural resources, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday. The toll-free hotline number is 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267). The hotline will be staffed 24/7 and connect callers to a DEC police dispatcher. (November 13, 2014) Irondequoit Post
- 11/15/2014 - Looks like we are going to have to address the worldwide crisis of Climate Change with an arm tied behind our backs. A major supply of our energy to combat Climate Change will be spent (squandered) fighting the lunatics in our government who are dead set on holding to their climate denial ideology—no matter how many freaking times they’ve been proven wrong. Senate Republicans Vow To Dismantle Carbon Emissions Rules Just days after the midterm elections, Republicans are picking the big targets at which to aim their new majorities, and the federal effort to cut carbon emissions is one of them. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled regulations cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new and existing power plants, respectively. President Obama has laid out a plan to honor the United States’ international commitment to reduce its GHG emissions 17 percent below their 2005 levels by 2020, and those two regulations form the core of that effort. They also appear to be near the top of the list of things the Republicans’ wish to dismantle, once they come into Congress in January with a newly-solidified grip on the House of Representatives and a new majority in the Senate. (November 9, 2014) Climate Progress
- 11/15/2014 - Beautiful Solutions: Addressing Climate Change doesn’t have to be as dreary as the fossil fuels makes it out, we can change. There are solutions (admittedly, not good for the fossil fuel industry) and some of the solution can come from you. Check out Beautiful Solutions “The Beautiful Solutions Gallery and Lab is an interactive space for sharing the stories, solutions and big ideas needed to build new institutional power and point the way toward a just, resilient, and democratic future. Developed by Beautiful Solutions in partnership with This Changes Everything, this is an open-ended project that will continue to evolve based on the ideas you submit to the Lab, and the ongoing contributions of the thinkers and practitioners on the forefront of building alternatives.”
- 11/15/2014 - Ok, I’ll admit, I wasn’t very impressed with NYS new website—until I typed “Climate Change” into their search engine. Then voila! However, it would be nice if our state put up its Climate Change information front and center in their new website to inform New Yorkers of the importance of Climate Change, its Climate Smart Communities program to help all NYS communicates adapt to Climate Change, what the state is doing, and the latest Climate Study: Climate Action Plan Interim Report—which is a very comprehensive study about the consequences of Climate Change in our state and what the state is planning. These are all critical information for New Yorkers and you shouldn’t have to be hunting all over their new web to find out the most important information the state, your state, has to offer.
- 11/15/2014 - One of the reasons the mid-elections went so bad for our environment, is that media coverage blinded many folks to the priority of Climate Change. That our leading public communications outlet would gut their climate reporting team is unacceptable. Climate Chang is about planning and we cannot plan if the public is not informed of the all the implications and consequences of this disaster. So, please sign the petition and get your public radio to do their job on informing you of this complex crisis. Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverage (November 12, 2014) tcktcktck
- 11/14/2014 - Support cleaning up the Genesee River. CEI has entered the Genesee RiverWatch into the Ready to Roc video contest. You can support our efforts and help us win by going to this page and voting for our video. Learn more about the Genesee RiverWatch here.
- 11/14/2014 - As we fight for our lives and future to address Climate Change, remember the folks we are fighting have a lot of our money to fight with. With an industry solely bent on their survival and not necessarily ours, it’s going to be hard to reduce greenhouse gases when the very industry we are trying to curb is getting zillions of dollars of tax subsidies from us. As for the character of our fight to address Climate Change: “I am he as you are he as you are me And we are all together” Which is to say WE ought to take those tax gifts away from the very industry warming up the planet. Rich countries subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by $88bn a year (November 10, 2014) The Guardian
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- 11/14/2014 - On Ginna nuclear power plant in Rochester, NY AGREE say’s “Ginna, Looking for a Handout” “In June, 2014, nuclear company Exelon announced that its Ginna nuclear reactor in Wayne County is losing millions of dollars and will close unless the Public Service Commission forces ratepayers to pay more money to keep the plant open. If Exelon gets its way, Rochester-area ratepayers would be on the hook to help Ginna become profitable again by digging into their own pockets! Sound outrageous? We think so, too, and we are organizing to keep Ginna from getting this bailout. The Public Service Commission needs to hear from you. Submit a comment here: --from Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) State board orders RG&E, Ginna plant talks The fate of aging upstate power plants was the focus of discussion Thursday in the state's capital, with a Rochester-area nuclear facility moving closer to a reprieve and an Ithaca-area coal plant the subject of protest. State regulators on Thursday ordered Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. to begin negotiating a plan that would keep the R.E.Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Wayne County up and running, but an eventual agreement would likely mean higher costs for ratepayers. Later in the day, a few dozen protesters from Tompkins County crowded a Capitol staircase, calling on the commission and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to oppose a proposed plan to switch the coal-burning Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing over to cheaper natural gas. (November 13, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle