Lisa’s life has been dominated by fracked gas infrastructure ever since Dominion Energy proposed an expansion of a 200+ mile pipeline that cuts through her rural community.
Weeks after Cuomo’s former top-aide and childhood friend was found guilty on federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and fraud for construction Competitive Power Venture’s 680MW fracked gas power plant on the Millennium Pipeline in Orange Co, NY, Cuomo tells New York residents “I don't know the specifics of this specific plant,” ignoring the years of protest and thousands of letters, public hearing statements, calls and more from residents across New York State.
On Monday, Sane Energy joined our allies at Beyond Extreme Energy in Washington D.C. for the Crack FERC Open action where two bamboo 15 foot tall “fracked gas drilling rigs” with protesters locked inside were set up to blockade the entrance in front of the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) building to prevent business as usual to operate.
Right now, community solar projects throughout New York are being hurt by the State's complicated pricing scheme called VDER, shutting everyday New Yorkers out of the market. If we don’t act quickly, New York could lose billions of dollars worth of solar project investment and jobs in the solar energy sector.
Senator Joseph Griffo has introduced a bill that will put a stop to this and help get solar power projects back on track, and we need him to make sure that bill moves forward…
On Monday May 14, Governor Andrew Cuomo was the keynote speaker at the New York League of Conservation Voters’ (NYLCV) 2018 Gala. As reported on by LittleSis, employees of Millennium, a company building a fracked gas pipeline in New York, are on the NYLCV board, and the organization has received substantial funding from other fossil fuel companies like Williams, which is also proposing to build a fracked gas pipeline through NY Harbor.
That’s it, we’re storming the castle. On April 23, thousands of New Yorkers are showing up at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s front door in Albany to demand genuine action on climate change. We’re not going to bus up just to go “rah-rah-rah” on the steps of the statehouse for the press and going home. We have three specific demands: halt of all fracking infrastructure now, a just transition to 100 percent renewables, and make corporate polluters pay into a transition fund.
Last week, New Yorkers from Orange County fighting to stop the massive CPV fracked gas power plant had a tough decision to make.
Should they go to the court hearing that could decide the fate of the pipeline that will deliver fracked gas to the plant?
Or should they go to the corruption trial of Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from Competitive Power Ventures, the company building the plant in Waywayanda, New York.
For over a year, through the cold and heat, the citizens of Orange County have held weekly pickets outside the construction site of a massive fracked gas power plant being built in their community.
The CPV fracked gas power plant will emit 700 tons of known carcinogens, neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors each year and will increase demand for fracking in neighboring Pennsylvania.
Scott Martens, a father of two young children from Middletown, saw folks protesting outside the construction site, stopped by and has been involved in the fight to stop CPV ever since.
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Right now, as you read this, there’s an incredibly dangerous transition happening in the United States. And it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.
Well, it didn’t start with him at least.
In a disastrous move for the climate, instead of transitioning directly from coal-fired power plants as the main source of energy generation to 100% renewable energy, the United State is building a fracked gas ‘bridge’. This ‘bridge’ requires millions of fracked wells and building thousands of miles of pipelines and some 300+ fracked gas power plants.
Sane Energy Project gathered allies in the WinWindNY coalition to make a 60-second Public Service Announcement about Offshore Wind for New York to help educate our communities that wind is here, and if we work together, we can make the renewable economy include our community values.
Click > HERE < to watch and share this fun video.
As mentioned in this weeks famous Sane Energy Project newsletter, join us on August 14th, 15th and 16th, as New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) hosts three New York City based open houses to show us their work process and answer questions about the offshore wind development off the coast of NYC
Rockaway Beach info HERE with a pre-rally and press conference to kickoff the three days of wind!
Staten Island info HERE
Coney Island info HERE
Almost two years ago, all of us working together defeated the possibility of liquefied natural/fracked gas (Port Ambrose L.N.G.) off our New York City/Long Island shores in a spot slated for energy development. Sane Energy Project ran on a platform of WIND NOT LNG, and together, we WON! Now we are working hard to make sure that the renewable generation that is coming onto our grid is developed responsibility with ethics before profit. We know a way to assure this, is by working with a strong coalition of communities and organizations to work toward "Community Benefit Agreements" in any contract that is signed between New York State and the wind developer.
Here's the scoop on offshore wind for New York State scroll down to view or click > HERE < to view and download our presentation.
The team at Sane Energy Project was not shocked to receive the news of the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Accord. The behavior of the Trump administration follows a pattern in which the fortunes of a few in power are valued more than the health, safety and long-term economic health of the rest of us.
Following the announcement, our nation responded: numbers of governors, mayors, academics, and businesses vowed to abide by the the Paris Climate Accord and stand with the almost 200 nations that signed onto it, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, foster adaptation and mitigate climate impacts. We are pleased Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio’s decision to adhere to the accord and to make New York State and New York City a powerful example and a beacon of hope for the rest of the country. Now is our time to hold them to this decision. Scroll down for five action steps.
For our part, Sane Energy Project vows to continue our work at the state and local level, recognizing that our choices here resonate with those who are suffering the brunt of climate impacts around the world. We will push to correct the cognitive dissonance of policy makers who talk about lowering emissions while promoting the use of fossil and nuclear fuels. We will continue opposing the development of fracked gas and oil infrastructure, and we will push for a rapid conversion to equitable, renewable energy, especially offshore wind, through policy initiatives, education and direct action.
We will continue to fight for a place at the table for citizens to have a say in energy decisions that affect our lives and livelihoods. We will continue to build a world that values the health and safety for all we share this small planet with.
Please join us by taking these five actions today:
- Time Sensitive: Urge Governor Cuomo to appoint a People’s Public Service Commissioner to prevent big utilities and corporations from trumping our people power. tinyurl.com/PeoplesPSC
- Time Sensitive: Call your senators to halt Trump’s FERC nominations. www.beyondextremeenergy.org
- Planned Campaign: Call on Governor Cuomo to power Albany’s Empire State Plaza, home to our state legislature, with renewable energy, not fracked gas. tinyurl.com/nogasinrev
- Planned Campaign: Join the People’s Offshore Wind Task Force to build a just transition to the renewable economy. Link HERE
- Planned Campaign: Share your story, and others’ stories, to demonstrate to elected officials the dangers of fracked gas infrastructure in NY, PA and soon to be added NJ. Contact email@example.com for more info www.youareheremap.org
The People United Will Never Be Defeated.
Love, Kim, Monica and the team at Sane Energy Project.