SNYFGP Newsletter: Fascinating study on renewable future

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Rise for Climate, September 8th
Sheridan Hollow
2018 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair
Environmental Impact Report Needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Projects in Agawam and Longmeadow
Kinder Morgan Approval Overturned in Canada
Drawdown Summary of Climate Solutions by Overall Rank
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SNYFGP has helped to organize 2 important events in the Capital District. Please help spread the word and plan to attend.

 

AnchorRise for Climate, September 8th

On September 8th, four days before the start of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California, and two months before the U.S. midterm elections, people from across the country and around the world will take to the streets to demand bold action on climate change. Globally the mobilization is called “Rise for Climate,” where advocates plan to send a clear message to governments through distributed actions in towns, institutions, cities to push forward real climate action.  Click here for a one minute video on why people think this is important.

Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice Rally will be held Saturday, September 8 at 11:00 at the Governor’s mansion on Eagle St in Albany.
This is part of a Global Day of Action calling for — No new fossil fuels – 100 % renewable energy – make corporate polluters pay – and the Capital District rally added the demand for NY to divest from fossil fuels. To register in advance (this helps us know how many people to expect) riseforclimate.org. Search  #RiseForClimate for information about events happening around the world.

We will call on Cuomo to take bold immediate climate action. Our future depends on it.


AnchorSheridan Hollow

Help deliver petitions to the governor to oppose the Sheridan Hollow Fracked Gas Power Plant, September 11 at 11:00, NYS Capitol.
  • Meet us at 10:30 State Street Entrance of the Capitol
  • Deliver petitions at 11:00 to Governor Cuomo on the Second Floor of the Capitol
  • Deliver petitions to Gil Quiniones, NY Power Authority CEO at noon – 40 North Pearl St.
Most of you know that Governor Cuomo has proposed to build a fracked gas powerplant in the densely populated neighborhood of Sheridan Hollow of Albany.  We at SNYFGP were outraged when Kinder Morgan proposed to build a fracked gas compressor station in Nassau near about a dozen homes. We fought the plant and we won!

Well… the Sheridan Hollow power plant is planned for a neighbored surrounded by hundreds of families who have already suffered from the ANSWERS plant in the 1980s and 1990s and the currently operating Sheridan Avenue Steam Plant. Many residents tell stories about how high rates of cancer have devastated their families.  Let’s support these families in their fight for clean air for their community. There is no excuse to place a toxic plant in an urban neighborhood. Especially when renewable energy solutions are readily available.

Please feel free to contact Ruth Foster, rmfoster@nycap.rr.com if you want more information about these events and local organizing against the Sheridan Hollow Power Plant.


Anchor2018 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair

Join us at our next meeting to plan for the Fair.  Wednesday, September 5th, 6-8 @ Nassau Library, 18 Church St, Nassau, NY 12123. Begin at 6 sharp & end by 8.

We have 30 businesses/organizations registered already with many more expected to reach our capacity of 50 exhibitors.

HELP WANTED: Contact beckyjmeier@gmail.com or 518-781-4686 if you can assist.

  • We need people to help us run the smooth operation of the workshops offered at the Fair.

  • We are looking for someone with a pickup truck to help us move a digital road sign(s) to advertise the Fair.

  • We are looking for volunteers for the day of the Fair to help with registration, parking, workshops, trash, food…

  • Special thanks to Ken  & Mary Scallon, Ken Stokem, Suzanne Pollard, Bruce Frishkoff, Ken Phelps, Rich Sinclair, Marcia Kammerer, Ruth Foster, Chris Dippolito (and others) who have already committed their time and energy to make this years’ Fair the best to date.

 AnchorEnvironmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline
projects in Agawam and Longmeadow

By Mary C. Serreze, Special to The Republican

Tennessee Gas Pipeline must prepare an Environmental Impact Report for its natural gas expansion projects in Agawam and Longmeadow, the Baker administration has ruled.

Tennessee, a Kinder Morgan subsidiary, hopes to increase horsepower at its Agawam compressor station, build a new, 12-inch two-mile pipeline loop in Agawam, and construct a “West Longmeadow Meter Station,” a delivery gate which would feed a new Columbia Gas pipeline backbone to Springfield.

Energy and environment secretary Matthew A. Beaton on Aug. 17 signed a certificate under the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act, or MEPA, requiring better information about air pollution, rare species and wetlands, stream crossings, climate resiliency, construction protocols, and more.

The Agawam project would alter 25 new acres, widen an existing right-of-way, cross five streams, affect wetlands, convert some farmland, and impact rare species habitat for two reptiles, according to documents. It would also have certain air quality and climate impacts, which the state said haven’t been adequately described.An earlier filing from Tennessee — an Extended Environmental Notification Form, or EENF — failed to compare baseline with proposed conditions when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, and did not fully explain why certain alternatives, including energy efficiency, were rejected, the certificate states.


AnchorKinder Morgan Approval Overturned in Canada

Thousands of people march in protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Vancouver on Nov. 19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave federal approval to the project on Nov. 29.

Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline approval.

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AnchorDrawdown Summary of Climate Solutions: Food for Thought

SNYFGP does not necessarily endorse all these solutions, but this is a fascinating look at how we might find solutions to climate change.

From their website: www.drawdown.org
Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.
 We did not make or devise the plan—the plan exists and is being implemented worldwide. It has been difficult to envision this possibility because the focus is overwhelmingly on the impacts of climate change. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years. The research revealed that humanity has the means and techniques at hand. Nothing new needs to be invented, yet many more solutions are coming due to purposeful human ingenuity. The solutions we modeled are in place and in action. Humanity’s task is to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible as soon as possible.

This table provides the top 20 results of the Plausible Scenario, which models the growth solutions on the Drawdown list based on a reasonable, but vigorous rate from 2020-2050. Results depicted represent a comparison to a reference case that assumes 2014 levels of adoption continue in proportion to the growth in global markets.

NOTE: Energy Storage (utility-scale & distributed), Grid Flexibility, Microgrids, Net Zero Buildings, and Retrofitting were not modeled independently to avoid double counting impacts from other solutions.

Click here for more information on this study.

Rank Solution Sector TOTAL ATMOSPHERIC CO2-EQ REDUCTION (GT) NET COST (BILLIONS US $) SAVINGS (BILLIONS US $)
1 Refrigerant Management Materials 89.74 N/A $-902.77
2 Wind Turbines (Onshore) Electricity Generation 84.60 $1,225.37 $7,425.00
3 Reduced Food Waste Food 70.53 N/A N/A
4 Plant-Rich Diet Food 66.11 N/A N/A
5 Tropical Forests Land Use 61.23 N/A N/A
6 Educating Girls Women and Girls 59.60 N/A N/A
7 Family Planning Women and Girls 59.60 N/A N/A
8 Solar Farms Electricity Generation 36.90 $-80.60 $5,023.84
9 Silvopasture Food 31.19 $41.59 $699.37
10 Rooftop Solar Electricity Generation 24.60 $453.14 $3,457.63
11 Regenerative Agriculture Food 23.15 $57.22 $1,928.10
12 Temperate Forests Land Use 22.61 N/A N/A
13 Peatlands Land Use 21.57 N/A N/A
14 Tropical Staple Trees Food 20.19 $120.07 $626.97
15 Afforestation Land Use 18.06 $29.44 $392.33
16 Conservation Agriculture Food 17.35 $37.53 $2,119.07
17 Tree Intercropping Food 17.20 $146.99 $22.10
18 Geothermal Electricity Generation 16.60 $-155.48 $1,024.34
19 Managed Grazing Food 16.34 $50.48 $735.27
20 Nuclear Electricity Generation 16.09 $0.88 $1,713.40

 


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AnchorEnvironmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow, cont.

In a victory for environmentalists, Tennessee must consider the Longmeadow meter station in its Agawam analysis. Tennessee had argued that the Longmeadow plan did not meet a threshold for state environmental review.

“The meter station should be included,” according to the Aug. 17 certificate.

Beaton asserted that projects in both towns will support expansion plans by a local gas utility, and are related. Tennessee must now submit detailed information about its plans in Longmeadow.

The company must file a Draft Environmental Impact Report, or DEIR, before its final report is issued. A draft report opens the window for more public participation and input from state agencies. Tennessee had asked for permission to skip the draft report requirement, the MEPA office noted.

Tennessee owns and manages the “200 Line,” a natural gas pipeline across the southern tier of Massachusetts. Along the interstate pipeline, it plans facilities on both sides of the Connecticut River to support expansion plans by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.

Columbia Gas wants Longmeadow connection to pipeline

Columbia Gas wants Longmeadow connection to pipeline

The project would support existing and future growth and enhance reliability for 55,000 Springfield-area customers.

Columbia’s Greater Springfield Reliability Project would send a new pipeline to Springfield from Longmeadow, a new line from Agawam through West Springfield and Holyoke, replace an existing line between West Springfield and Springfield, and also boost capacity to Easthampton and Northampton, where natural gas moratoriums are now in place.

In addition to Columbia, Holyoke Gas & Electric would gain more capacity.

Groups opposing fossil fuels, including Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness Network, claim the moratoriums in Northampton and Easthampton could be lifted through other means, including energy efficiency.

They also charge that government agencies and the industry encourage “pipeline overbuild” at the expense of climate and the environment.

The climate groups argue that more natural gas use will increase greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change — and prevent the state from achieving its court-ordered goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act.

“The Northampton City Council voted to commit to a 100-percent renewable energy goal,” said Kathryn Eiseman, president of MassPLAN. “Holyoke made the same pledge. There’s a certain irony here.”

She said that methane is a potent driver of climate change, and that a lifecycle analysis from wellhead to burner tip would show that natural gas is as bad as coal when it comes to emissions.

However, Steve Bryant, president of Columbia Gas, claims working with Tennessee on the Pioneer Valley expansion will actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions while helping the region.

“In our Springfield operating area we have existing winter season reliability issues and natural gas constraints that need to be addressed,” he wrote. “We need to act now to begin the process to remedy that situation.”


 

AnchorKinder Morgan Approval Overturned in Canada, cont.

This is a huge victory for Indigenous rights, for communities, and for our planet. Together, we can stop ALL dirty tar sands pipelines.  

Courageous pipeline fighters in Minnesota are currently facing off against the enormous Line 3 tar sands pipeline, including 30 people who were arrested yesterday taking direct action to urge the Governor to stop the project.

We know how pipelines get stopped: by thousands of people standing together and taking action. You can help stop another tar sands pipeline – stand in solidarity with Indigenous water protectors and call the Governor of Minnesota today.

Enbridge Energy secured their permits in June to move forward with the project – ignoring the input of tribal nations and climate science. Our friends and allies in Minnesota have asked us to stand with them and call their Governor, Mark Dayton, to thank him for his work opposing Line 3 so far and ask him to intervene and stop Line 3.

This pipeline would transport more than 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Canada every day, crossing the Mississippi headwaters and forcing downstream pipeline expansions throughout the Midwest.1 It would be disastrous for the climate — and devastating for communities near and far.

Can you take three minutes to call Governor Dayton today? We have a sample script and everything you need.

Indigenous-led resistance is stopping the fossil fuel industry in its tracks. It’s been 521 days since Trump ‘approved’ Keystone XL, and it still hasn’t been built. Not even close.

Pipeline fighters and Ojibwe Bands opposed to Line 3 filed legal challenges against the pipeline’s environmental review, and are building resistance on the ground and in communities.

If built, this pipeline would put a $287 billion cost on future generations from climate change, contributing to climate chaos we’re already watching play out in the forest fires all across the west.2

Can you call Minnesota’s Governor right now and let him know that you expect him to do everything in his power to ensure that the Line 3 tar sands pipeline is never built?

With your help, our movement can stop the illegal and reckless approval of more pipeline projects. Together, we won the fight against the Kinder Morganpipeline, and together, we can win against the Line 3 pipeline and every other new fossil fuel project that is proposed.

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