Bob and Becky will have a table there for Community Advocates for Sustainable Energy (CASE)
Come say hi!
Dear Governor Cuomo:
Thank you for your commitment to furthering the state’s climate action with a commitment to establish energy efficiency standards. We urge you to set a comprehensive and bold policy that includes a target for utilities of no less than 3% annual electricity savings, aggressive targets for natural gas savings, and incorporation of metrics that give maximum credit for additional efficiency gained via beneficial electrification through heat pumps and electric vehicles. This will allow New York to cost-effectively meet its Clean Energy Standard goal of 50% renewable electricity and 40% greenhouse gas reductions by 2030.
Secondly, we support the priorities set out by climate and environmental justice organizations and allies highlighted in their letter formally submitted to your office and to agency leaders. We therefore strongly encourage you to set aside 40% of energy efficiency investments for climate vulnerable and frontline communities, partnering with those communities in executing energy efficiency initiatives. Additionally, it is critical these targets prioritize equity by incorporating inclusive financing mandates for utilities, prevent rate increases for low- and moderate-income ratepayers, provide good-paying jobs, integrate public accountability measures, address the needs of multi-family housing, incentivize comprehensive in-unit improvements, and preserve housing affordability. Your action on these issues is greatly appreciated.
In 2005, thanks to oil and gas industry lobbying, the EPA was stripped of its authority to regulate fracking. It’s called the Halliburton loophole.
And now EPA research has finally concluded what we’ve suspected all along: fracking puts our drinking water at risk.1
Since 2005, we’ve permitted the oil and gas industry to frack more than 137,000 wells.2
These fracking operations have used at least 6 billion pounds of chemicals, many of them potential carcinogens, many injected directly into the ground near drinking water supplies.3
We know that at least 157 of the chemicals used in fracking fluid are toxic to humans and aquatic life. And we know that fracking produces billions of gallons of fracking fluid waste each year.
Why then is fracking exempt from any environmental laws?
The EPA is not allowed to regulate hydraulic fracturing like it does other energy industries, via safety regulations stemming from key environmental laws like the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.
Thanks to a provision that was tacked on to the 2005 Energy Policy Act, the EPA was stripped of its authority to regulate fracking. This exemption was nicknamed the Halliburton loophole, named for the company that patented fracking in the 1940’s and remains one of the largest manufacturers of fracking fluids.4
It was wrong then and it’s wrong now — especially when we should be making a wholesale shift to conservation and renewable energy.
Environment America President
1. Fighting Fracking: A Toolkit for Activists, Environment America Research and Policy Center, Dec 12, 2016
2. Fracking by the Numbers, Environment America Research and Policy Center, April 2016
3. Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report), Dec 19, 2016
4. The Halliburton Loophole, The New York Times, Nov 2, 2009
We need @RepPaulTonko to be a climate hero and co-sponsor the #OffFossilFuel Act (HR3671) to move to 100% clean electricity by 2035. His Albany office is 518 465-0700. 11 NY Cong. members already co-sponsor. Environmental justice, Just Transition, halt fossil fuels. We have given him info about the bill and have been trying to get a meeting with him about it. He is back in the district for the next few weeks so ask him to support it if you see him. Info https://bit.ly/2H7TjY3
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Follow Up Meeting
Tuesday, April 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor, Community Room
CCA is a way that municipalities can provide affordable clean energy to all residents
Robyn Reynolds from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and Tito Bradford from NYSERDA will be on hand to answer questions and provide information and assistance as we create our own process for adopting CCA in the Capital Region.
Please invite your favorite local legislator, environmentalist or human rights advocate to attend!
Making a rapid transition to renewable electricity is one of the most critical acts we can take to “decarbonize” our atmosphere and protect our climate. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), approved for NY State by the Public Service Commission, may be the way to make this happen quickly in an entire municipality, with people paying less than they are now for their default electricity supply. This means affordable green energy for all, including lower and middle-income families.
Our focus is to create a CCA to promote clean energy while ensuring participation by low and middle income families while lowering costs.
When a local government agrees to join a CCA, by default all customers in the community will purchase their electricity through the CCA unless they opt out. Multiple governments join together in the CCA. The large volume of customers enables the CCA to obtain lower prices while promoting renewable energy. CCAs are more common on the West Coast but NYS now allows them; the first started over a year ago in Westchester and has saved its residents $6 million dollars in electricity costs so far.
In our CCA planning meeting, we will get a brief overview of the CCA process and discuss the nuts and bolts of adopting CCA in the Capital Region.
Sponsored by: Green Education and Legal Fund (GELF), Sierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group, PAUSE/350.org, Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP). Free and open to all.
Mark Dunlea: Green Energy & Legal Fund firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Lawrence: Sierra Club email@example.com
Jeff Corbin, Union College: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Lieberman: Sierra Club, PAUSE email@example.com
Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY)
Spring Legislative Reception
The State Room | April 17 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Please join us for refreshments and conversation as we celebrate New York’s ambitious clean energy vision and implementation of the Clean Energy Standard. All members and supporters of New York’s clean energy and energy efficiency communities are welcome to attend! RSVP.
Cuomo: Walk the Talk on Climate
RSVP today to join us in Albany for what will be the biggest climate march in our capital ever by our growing movement.
We will start with an energetic, family friendly march to the Capitol and then pack the building with our collective power, followed by an (optional) opportunity to participate in civil disobedience nearby. More details on the day of the march will be available soon.
On April 23rd in Albany, join us for the biggest #climate rally in the history of the #NewYork Capitol. We need your help to tell @NYGovCuomo that he needs to walk his talk on climate. Join us: cuomowalkthetalk.org #CuomoWalkTheTalk
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