On September 7, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo cruised over the Hudson River -- in a garishly gas inefficient 1932 Packard convertible once owned by Franklin Roosevelt -- to ceremoniously open the Mario Cuomo Bridge six days before the Democratic primary. Meanwhile, at Cuomo’s NYC office, a growing number of police officers with zip tie handcuffs around their waists surrounded a group of New Yorkers who had shut down Third Avenue to call out his inaction on the climate crisis..
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.
Accepting Sponsorship = Endorsement
“There is nothing we will advertise that does not align with our principles….We have actively rejected advertising and sponsorship in the past because when it doesn’t feel right, it’s just not right.” And then some minutes later came the statement that tipped me over the edge from public observer to enraged questioner - “As long as support falls under our criteria, we aim to be balanced and not demonstrate being skewed an a topic.