CPNY Participating in Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change

The Coalition to Protect New York, Cornell emeritus professor Anthony Ingraffea and ecologist/author Sandra Steingraber are among the contributors to this international legal hearing.

The historic Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change will take place this May 14-18, cohosted by Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and live-streaming online.

For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, this session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will have an international focus and will include arguments about the rights of Nature in addition to the rights of people. Among those participating are the Finger Lakes/Southern Tier regional Coalition to Protect New York (CPNY).

The PPT is a highly respected international forum that grew from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal to investigate whether breaches of human rights norms occurred during the Vietnam War. It has subsequently conducted high-profile hearings to determine whether human rights standards were abridged in Bhopal, Chernobyl, and other sites worldwide. The Tribunal’s most recent session was on Myanmar’s (Burma’s) crimes against the Rohingya and Kachin refugees.

The upcoming session will focus on the potential human rights violations of unconventional hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and climate change. The judges will also be asked to consider the rights of Nature — because the protection of a healthy environment may be a fundamental prerequisite for the protection of human rights.

Two Earth jurisprudence attorneys, Lisa Mead, LL.M., director of Scotland’s Earth Law Alliance, and Dr. Michelle Maloney, convener of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, will present witness testimony and oral and written arguments addressing the session’s central questions from a Nature-rights perspective.

A team of human rights attorneys will present witness testimony and reports from preliminary tribunals held in areas where fracking is used in oil and gas extraction.

Amicus briefs have been submitted by attorneys and others representing nongovernmental organizations, including CPNY, for which a representative will present evidence and arguments orally on Friday, May 18, at 12:00 noon EDT.

“Clearly, fracking impinges on human rights and contributes to catastrophic climate change,” says group cofounder Maura Stephens. “We will argue that it, and related activities by fossil-fuel industries, are criminal — and should be treated and prosecuted as such in state, national and international courts.”

The judges selected by the impartial PPT board will be asked to provide an advisory opinion on four central questions:

  1. Under what circumstances do fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques breach human rights protected by international law as a matter of treaty or custom?
  1. Under what circumstances do fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques warrant the issuance of either provisional measures, a judgment enjoining further activity, remediation relief or damages for causing environmental harm?
  2. What is the extent of responsibility and liability of States and non-State actors for violations of human rights and for environmental and climate harm caused by these oil and gas extraction techniques?
  3. What is the extent of responsibility and liability of States and non-State actors, both legal and moral, for violations of the rights of nature related to environmental and climate harm caused by these unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques?

Judges will likely spend several months reviewing the evidence and deliberating before issuing their opinion.

During the Tribunal week, attorneys, witnesses, and judges will convene via Zoom web conferencing software daily to hear evidence and testimony. The proceedings will be streamed on the Spring Creek Project Facebook page. A full schedule of daily Tribunal proceedings will be posted on the Spring Creek Project website and on tribunalonfracking.org in advance of the Tribunal for those who wish to follow along.

Leading up to this session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, the Spring Creek Project is sharing the Bedrock Lectures on Human Rights and Climate Change, an online lecture series featuring artists, lawyers, scientists, writers, and activists engaging audiences in imagining how we can build communities in a world where environmental crises quickly become recognized as human rights crises. A new lecture is released each Wednesday by noon on YouTube. Fracking engineer Anthony Ingraffea, PhD, of Cornell University, was a recent presenter.

On May 14, on the opening evening of the Tribunal, Trumansburg-based writer and ecologist Sandra Steingraber, PhD, will deliver a keynote address. Steingraber will share her personal experience with fracking along with scientific data to illustrate how environmental injustices are related to social injustices.

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Contacts:

Carly Lettero, Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University, Carly.Lettero@oregonstate.edu

Maura Stephens, Coalition to Protect New York, maurastephens1@gmail.com; 607-351-3766

 

OUTRAGEOUS: Award-winning filmmakers & journalist sued by frackers

Please see the original story and comment at
http://publicherald.org/award-winning-filmmakers-seneca-nation-threatened-fracking-industry-defamation/

“This is a baseless attempt to thwart open discussion of a controversial waste facility,” said Public Herald’s attorney Victor Pribanic, a nationally renowned trial lawyer from Pribanic & Pribanic.

The law firm Blank Rome, an oil and gas heavyweight representing Epiphany Allegheny LLC, issued slanderous statements of its own to the press accusing Pribanic and Troutman of operating outside “the laws of man, the laws of science, and the laws of God.”

The controversy surrounds a plan submitted to Pennsylvania authorities by the Pittsburgh-based Epiphany Allegheny to treat fracking wastewater and discharge effluent into the Allegheny River.

Epiphany and its CEO, Tom Joseph, has taken aim at the directors after they raised the alarm that Marcellus Shale fracking wastewater is radioactive and toxic.

Troutman and Pribanic voiced concerns about contaminants finding ways into the river, a precaution also expressed by downstream voices like the Seneca Nation of Indians, New York State Senator Catherine Young, the legislature of Cattaraugus County and several state and federal agencies.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has yet to approve Epiphany’s facility, but is expected to do so in the coming months.

In a letter to PADEP, the U.S. Army of Corp of Engineers called Epiphany’s proposal “a new technology…which USACE believes is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania” and called for “more thorough testing of ‘treated distillate’” for “pollutants of concern” including radioisotopes and benzene, both of which are known carcinogens.

Dr. John Stolz, a scientist and the Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University, shot back at Blank Rome’s statement that Pribanic and Troutman operate outside the “laws of science.”

“Locating a treatment plant for toxic waste water at the headwaters of a major river system on which millions of people, including a major midwest metropolis and the Seneca Nation, rely on for their source of drinking water and livelihood makes no sense,” Stolz said. “Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic have been a bastion of sanity, diligently pursuing the facts. If they are saying something is wrong, then it warrants special attention by all parties. This attempt to silence them is an assault on the Fourth Estate.”

On March 21st, the Seneca Nation of Indians convened a government-to-government summit on the Allegany Territory and later a press conference stating its opposition to Epiphany’s proposal, citing concerns of radioactive material entering waters of the Ohi:yo (Allegheny River). Two days later, Seneca Nation President Todd Gates received a similar cease and desist letter from Blank Rome accusing the Nation of “false, destructive and defamatory statements about Epiphany.”

“The Seneca people are here to defend Mother Earth and to defend Ohi:yo’” President Gates stated in a press release from the nation. “We’ve seen the actions of other governments tear at our land, our culture and threaten our resources before. It’s happened throughout our history, from Buffalo Creek to Kinzua to Cattaraugus Creek. The river is part of our territory, just as it is part of the lives of many people from New York and Pennsylvania. We have grave concerns about the Epiphany project and will give full voice to those concerns as long as the project is under consideration. We won’t be washed away.”

The filmmakers also received a previous letter from JKLM Energy, an oil and gas company featured in Triple Divide [Redacted] for impacting the water supplies of private homes, businesses and a critical access community hospital. In 2016, JKLM Energy agreed to pay more than $470,000 in civil penalties for groundwater and drinking water contamination as a result of its drilling operations in Potter County, Pennsylvania.

JKLM is owned by billionaire Terrence “Terry” Pegula, described on Wikipedia as a “natural gas tycoon” whose assets include the Buffalo Bills, Sabres and Bandits.

“These letters are a cowardly attack in violation of Pennsylvania’s Anti-SLAPP statute,” said co-director Joshua Pribanic. “The letter from Epiphany CEO Tom Joseph and Blank Rome reads like a conspiracy theory, accusing Public Herald of running the website defendohiyo.org – we do not – and of dismissing scientific data. What scientific data? We’ve yet to see even one study about the efficacy of Epiphany’s technology at a large-scale discharge facility.”

According to Epiphany Allegheny’s permit application to PADEP, “The only remaining byproducts of the system are clean salt, and distilled water.”

JKLM’s letter to Troutman and Pribanic focuses on Epiphany’s facility, which plans to treat JKLM’s fracking waste. Attorney James Hankle writes, “the Facility neither takes in nor produces ‘toxic waste’.”

“Trying to paint fracking waste as non-toxic is deceptive and dangerous,” said co-director Melissa Troutman, a fifth-generation “european native” of Potter County.

“The Pennsylvania Medical Society called for a moratorium on fracking in 2016, partly because this industry uses and produces toxic materials. JKLM should be ashamed of portraying their waste as anything but toxic,” Troutman stated.

Dr. Tony Ingraffea, a renowned scientific expert on the subject of fracking, has also come to the filmmakers’ defense.

“‘Proof-testing’ of a process for a private company must be weighed against the risk of broader unintended consequences for everybody living downstream,” said Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum Professor in Engineering at Cornell University. “Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, co-directors of TRIPLE DIVIDE [REDACTED] which highlights this wisdom, are competent and honorable spokespersons for all those downstream.  Any attempt to silence them promotes a wager using house money.”

“The letters we received from JKLM Energy and Epiphany Allegheny are an attempt to silence us. That’s never going to happen,” Troutman said.

The film Triple Divide [Redacted] has won several awards, including a Humanitarian Award from the Accolade Global Film Competition in 2017.

According to Accolade, “The goal of the Humanitarian Award is to honor filmmakers who are bringing awareness to issues of ecological, political, social and spiritual importance. The winners are hand-picked by the judges and staff from hundreds of entries throughout the year.”

Triple Divide [Redacted] is available through Bullfrog Films.

FREE TRAINING: Communities in Resistance to Disaster, Part 1

When: View in Calendar » March 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: View Map » Park Church, 208 W Gray St, Elmira,NY 14901, USA
Cost: FREE
Contact: Lisa Marshall
lisa.marshall@mothersoutfront.or
(850) 291-5259

This is part one of two trainings (the second is on Saturday, March 31, 10 am – 3 pm). It will be followed by a FUN/DRAISER at Rossi Lanes in Elmira, starting at 9:00 pm.

This takes place Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
LEARN MORE AT https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/

MUTUAL AID DISASTER RELIEF presents a SPECIAL WORKSHOP, cosponsored by MOTHERS OUT FRONT – SOUTHERN TIER & FINGER LAKES:

“Building the Movement for Mutual Aid”

Don’t miss this two-part workshop! The first part is an accessible & entertaining introductory presentation, “Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism”

Free admission – all are welcome!

The Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRelief) Training Team is visiting our community. Currently MADRelief is on a national capacity-building and educational tour. They will explain how natural storms turn into unnatural disasters through dangerous new forms of “disaster capitalism” and “extreme resource extraction,” and train diverse affinity groups on principles of grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response, covering a wide range of topics such as “Solidarity, Not Charity,” “Scouting, Mapping, and Understanding Your Community’s Resources,” “Building Power in Collaboration,” “Overcoming Trauma Together,” and “The Logic of Logistics.”

The reality of the climate chaos which is already redefining our future, coupled with rapidly escalating inequality and the civil political unrest that follows, is only worsened by a failing model of crisis management and aid programs centered around political opportunism and disaster capitalism. The time is right for developing a trained and empowered standing network of organizers and volunteers who can help communities rebuild with a vision centered on local community control, collaboration and innovation, and political, economic and social sustainability. MADRelief is developing a community of grassroots crisis responders, continually growing in size and efficacy, which will be at-the-ready to assist and empower communities to overcome natural and unnatural disasters – from hurricanes to hate rallies, from mudslides to mine waste spills – and to transform these tragedies into opportunities for collective liberation.

MADRelief envisions a new form of humanitarian aid, one that is participatory and empowering. One that exemplifies the principle of “Solidarity, Not Charity.” Founded by an already very active network of radical humanitarian aid workers experienced via Common Ground Relief, Occupy Sandy, the Standing Rock Water Protectors, and the long history of diverse movements seeking to make a better world possible, MADRelief is organizing a new network to facilitate inter-community disaster preparation and grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response. This tour is the first step in a “training campaign” that will strategically and progressively build necessary skills and shared knowledge in local groups that are a part of the rapidly-growing MADRelief network.

Learn more here.

FREE TRAINING: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, Part 2

When: View in Calendar » March 31, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: View Map » Park Church, 208 W Gray St, Elmira,NY 14901, USA
Cost: FREE
Contact: Lisa Marshall
(850) 291-5259
lisa.marshall@mothersoutfront.org

This is part two of two trainings. It takes place Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

LEARN MORE AT https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/

MUTUAL AID DISASTER RELIEF presents a SPECIAL WORKSHOP, cosponsored by MOTHERS OUT FRONT – SOUTHERN TIER & FINGER LAKES:

“Building the Movement for Mutual Aid”

Don’t miss this two-part workshop! The first part is an accessible & entertaining introductory presentation, “Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism,” on Friday night.

This is part two: “Mutual Aid Disaster Relief.”
Free admission – all are welcome!

The Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRelief) Training Team is visiting our community. Currently MADRelief is on a national capacity-building and educational tour. They will explain how natural storms turn into unnatural disasters through dangerous new forms of “disaster capitalism” and “extreme resource extraction,” and train diverse affinity groups on principles of grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response, covering a wide range of topics such as “Solidarity, Not Charity,” “Scouting, Mapping, and Understanding Your Community’s Resources,” “Building Power in Collaboration,” “Overcoming Trauma Together,” and “The Logic of Logistics.”

The reality of the climate chaos which is already redefining our future, coupled with rapidly escalating inequality and the civil political unrest that follows, is only worsened by a failing model of crisis management and aid programs centered around political opportunism and disaster capitalism. The time is right for developing a trained and empowered standing network of organizers and volunteers who can help communities rebuild with a vision centered on local community control, collaboration and innovation, and political, economic and social sustainability. MADRelief is developing a community of grassroots crisis responders, continually growing in size and efficacy, which will be at-the-ready to assist and empower communities to overcome natural and unnatural disasters – from hurricanes to hate rallies, from mudslides to mine waste spills – and to transform these tragedies into opportunities for collective liberation.

MADRelief envisions a new form of humanitarian aid, one that is participatory and empowering. One that exemplifies the principle of “Solidarity, Not Charity.” Founded by an already very active network of radical humanitarian aid workers experienced via Common Ground Relief, Occupy Sandy, the Standing Rock Water Protectors, and the long history of diverse movements seeking to make a better world possible, MADRelief is organizing a new network to facilitate inter-community disaster preparation and grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response. This tour is the first step in a “training campaign” that will strategically and progressively build necessary skills and shared knowledge in local groups that are a part of the rapidly-growing MADRelief network.Learn more here.

CPNY Monthly Meeting — Fifth Thursday

When: View in Calendar » March 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Repeats: Monthly on 5th Thursday - forever
Where: Schuyler County Human Services Building, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls,NY 14865, USA
Contact: Maura
607-351-3766

We meet at the Schuyler County Human Services Building starting at 6:30. Some of us like to get together for dinner at Chef’s just north of Montour Falls on the way to Watkins Glen at 5:00 beforehand. You’re welcome to join us at both places, or just for the meeting.

 

CPNY Monthly Meetings changed to LAST THURSDAYS of each month

When: View in Calendar » February 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hey allies and affiliates! We’ve changed our meeting day from last Tuesday to last Thursday to accommodate more people’s schedules. We hope you’ll find this more convenient! Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 22 February, at 6:30 at our usual meeting place in Montour Falls. Some of the group will meet for dinner beforehand (5:00 p.m.) at Chef’s on Rte. 14 north of Montour Falls.
Dave and Doug (the two smiling guys in the photo), and all the CPNY stalwarts would be happy if you’d join us for one or for both.

October Meeting Postponed

We’re looking to find a new date. We’ll post here and at our Facebook page.

NYS Climate Responsibility Act Announced.

When: View in Calendar » June 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: New York State Legislature

NYS Senator George Latimer and NYS Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal Announce the NYS Climate Responsibility Act (NYSCRA).

 

Senator George Latimer and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal Announce New Science-Based Climate Bill for NYS

Advocates for Responsible Climate Action (ARCA)

MEDIA RELEASE

June 15, 2017

Contacts: Bob Eklund, eklund66@hotmail.com, 607-263-2375;  Dennis Higgins, higgindm@gmail.com, 607-988-9647

Science-Based State Climate Responsibility Act Unveiled

Albany, NY — Today State Senator George Latimer and Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal announced the introduction of a comprehensive bill to tackle the climate crisis. The science-based New York State Climate Responsibility Act (NYSCRA, A8299/S5557) is designed to ensure that New York meets its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

“Despite advances in renewables, New York is still heavily dependent on fossil fuels,” said Senator Latimer. “Altering that requires changing virtually every aspect of how we produce and consume energy. Any legislation seeking to facilitate that change must also acknowledge the technical challenges involved. Our bill does.”

Developed with the support of individuals with expertise in engineering, economics, public health and social science, the NYSCRA identifies key actions that must occur and critical issues that must be addressed to slash greenhouse gas emissions and make the necessary transition to renewables.

“Preserving our planet for future generations demands nothing less than immediate action, and the Climate Responsibility Act is the vehicle to get the job done,” said Assemblywoman  Rosenthal. “With Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, it is more vital than ever that states take the lead on climate change. This bill charts a path forward that is both realistic and aggressive, and ensures that New York will lead on climate. I’m proud to sponsor this bill with Senator Latimer.”

Advocates of the bill point out that it is not enough to eliminate power plant emissions, which account for about a quarter of the state’s carbon footprint. New York will also have to phase out the use of fossil fuels for transportation, heating and other purposes. Bold action is needed in every arena. Simultaneous with this, the state must dramatically ramp up renewables as New Yorkers replace vehicles, equipment and appliances with technology that does not run on fossil fuels.

“These complex processes must be carefully synchronized so that the lights stay on and people can still get to work,” explained Keith Schue, an engineer who helped prepare the bill. “Implementation must also occur at scale and on time to meet climate goals. That requires a robust plan.”

The NYSCRA ensures success by requiring all state agencies to work together in the development of rules, regulations, programs and policies to bring about the widespread transformation required. And it measures success with an unimpeachable statewide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions—something the state has long needed but does not have.

Among other contributors to the bill is renowned scientist Anthony R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University.

“This bill would give legal authority to the most important management plan in New York history,” said Ingraffea. “Our state must meet its obligation of substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions to address the clear and present threat of climate change, while at the same time providing for an orderly and just transition to a renewable energy economy. This bill defines responsibilities and provides legal powers for managing and synchronizing this dual challenge.”

Importantly, implementation of the NYSCRA will benefit all New Yorkers, including environmental justice communities who currently suffer most from the negative impacts of fossil fuel use.

“Increasing renewables as we wean off of fossil fuels will save New York billions in healthcare costs and protect the most vulnerable,” added Larysa Dyrszka, M.D., a pediatrician, cofounder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York and executive board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The bill also has significant economic benefits. Investments in renewable energy have been shown to generate three times as many jobs as investments in fossil fuels. Economist Jannette Barth, managing director of the Pepacton Institute LLC, also contributed to the bill. She said, “The Climate Responsibility Act will help to make New York a leader in transitioning to renewables, creating many jobs and strengthening the state’s economy.”

Read a brief synopsis of the bill’s key features here.

Read the Senate NYSCRA bill (S5557) here.

Read the Assembly NYSCRA bill (A8299) here.  

 

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Senator George Latimer with their comprehensive climate bill

Climate Group Slams NYRenews Bill for False Promises

The Coalition to Protect New York strongly supports the new group ARCA and the scientists, economists, and grassroots activists who join them in opposing a bad bill, which might be rammed through as soon as today, March 15. Please spread the word about this, especially with “environmental justice” communities that think this bill will help them; like many others, they’ve been deceived.

Please sign onto the letter ARCA has provided, as an individual and with your group. Not restricted to New York State groups.

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ARCA - Advocates for Responsible Climate Action; responsibleclimateaction@gmail.com

MEDIA RELEASE

15 March 2017

The “Climate and Community Protection Act,” shown to be a sham in 2016, is reintroduced in 2017 — and this time, it’s been sneaked into the State Assembly budget bill.

“I could not be more outraged,” said Maura Stephens. “Not only has New York Renews not fixed the lousy bill it proposed last year, the so-called ‘Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA),’ but now it has also buried the exact same bill deep within this year’s Assembly budget bill. Pulling such a fast one on New York State legislators is devious, underhanded, and totally insulting to our elected officials — and indeed to all the people of New York.”

Stephens is talking about a fatally flawed piece of legislation proposed by a group calling itself New York Renews. The “CCPA” was first proposed in 2016 but died. Now it has been included in the draft budget bill proposed by the New York State Assembly, which legislators are considering this week. And it lacks critical content to succeed in meeting its ambitious promises.

Advocates for Responsible Climate Action, ARCA, is a group opposing this bill. ARCA, of which Stephens is a founding member, is an all-volunteer organization of individuals working to ensure that New York State gets the best possible climate legislation. It works closely with respected scientists, medical practitioners and economists who have openly expressed their dismay about CCPA since it was first introduced.

Joan Tubridy, ARCA founding member and secretary of Citizens Energy and Economics Council of Delaware County, said, “Scientists and grassroots activists have attempted unsuccessfully for the better part of a year to work with NY Renews on remedying the CCPA’s flaws. The bill’s name belies the reality that it is a seriously problematic document that actually sets us backwards in the critical fight against climate change, further threatening those impacted communities that the bill purports to protect.”

Touted as creating green jobs and protecting “disadvantaged,” or “environmental justice” (EJ) communities, the CCPA bill actually does neither. Furthermore, it uses pollution levels from 1990 as the basis for some of its proposals, confuses critical terminology, allows corporate polluters to self-report their greenhouse gas emissions, and is riddled with other technical flaws.

Mary Finneran, ARCA founding member and lifetime member of the Sierra Club, points to false verbiage about how the bill would help economically depressed and frontline communities — almost always urban communities of color or rural poor communities. The bill simply does not provide viable mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and loopholes within it allow some power plants and factories to avoid reporting emissions altogether.

“‘Environmental justice’ communities would actually be the most heavily and negatively impacted, because the CCPA is not equipped to deliver on its promises to them,” said Finneran.  “Furthermore, the CCPA creates loopholes that allow power plants and factories that produce thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year to avoid reporting those emissions entirely. People in EJ communities certainly understand that self-reporting of pollution by polluters will not benefit them or allow them to rest easy.”

NYRenews leaders have been acting in bad faith, say ARCA members. They pretended to be paying heed to critiques by noted scientist Anthony Ingraffea, economist Jannette Barth, engineer Keith Schue, and others, promising to rewrite the bill to address the problems. But that did not happen. Instead, the entire bill as originally written was inserted wholesale into this year’s budget. And NYRenews is disingenuously claiming that it had nothing to do with its appearance there.

“We need real climate change legislation,” pointed out Bob Eklund, regional organizer for Solutions Grassroots Project and ARCA founding member. “Only a really good bill could make environmental justice communities safe, create more stable jobs, and achieve the state’s emissions reduction goals. If such a bill existed, there would be no need to hide it on page 77 of the budget. This is not it.”

There are no quick fixes that NYRenews can concoct now to fix the problems with its insertion into a bigger budget bill. ARCA insists that the 2016 CCPA needed a total rewrite. Now, they say, the only responsible course of action is for NYRenews to propose a stand-alone bill that legislators and the public can read, study and amend (or reject) as necessary during the course of the regular legislative session.

ARCA is determined to alert unsuspecting legislators and well-meaning organizations that were recruited to support the bill. At a time of exacerbating climate change, it is critically important that the Assembly and Senate do not pass a smoke-and-mirrors bill that is actually counterproductive to efforts to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, they’ve provided an organizational and individual sign-on letter that will be sent to legislators, and invite all interested parties to sign.

For more information, please see an op-ed from December 2016 and follow-up letter dated March 12, 2017, both from Cornell U scientist Anthony Ingraffea and economist Jannette Barth; they are among the experts with whom ARCA works closely.

Also see a summary of a longer critique of NYRenews’ flawed bill.

The NY Assembly 2017-18 Budget Proposal is linked here; see the CCPA beginning on page 78.

Individual and organization sign-on letter in opposition to this bad bill is here.

ARCA founders available for interviews:

Bob Eklund, New Lisbon Town Council Member, Solutions Grassroots Project Regional Organizer: eklund66@hotmail.com, 607-263-2375

Larysa Dyrszka, M.D., cofounder, SACRED (Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development): lar917dy@gmail.com, 201-615-9889

Dennis Higgins, farmer; Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science,
State University of New York, Oneonta, retired: higgindm@gmail.com, 607-988-9647