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Next Meeting of CASE/SNYFGP
Help us plan our actions for the coming year
Thursday, January 9, 2019, 6-8 pm
Probably Nassau Library
Call Becky to check location: 518-781-4686
December 6th Student Climate Strike in Albany
About 200 students and supporters marched in Albany to rally for climate action

Lobbying for Funding for the
Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
(the new Climate law)

 

Monday, December 16th
11 AM: (prep meeting)
11:30 to 2:30 - legislative visits at the Legislative Office Building and the State Capitol

Meet to prep for the lobby day at Dunkin Donuts, 1st floor, State Capitol.  Highly recommended you come if you'll be lobbying. We'll split up into teams and give out materials (like talking points ).  However, if coming at 11 or staying for the entire period to lobby (there will be multiple visits from as early as 11:30 to 2:30) is not feasible for you, feel free to email me (Bob Cohen) bcohen@citizenactionny.org (before Monday for the schedule and to be plugged into specific visits. (Either way, please register at the NY Renews link.)

This spring, we fought to pass the nation’s most aggressive climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Now, we need to fund New York’s transition to a just and renewable economy. We’re asking for a $1 billion in this year’s budget to jump-start the process of addressing the climate crisis and transforming our economy. 

On December 16, we’re visiting our elected officials in their districts across NY State to say: we need $1 billion for climate, jobs, and justice in this year’s budget. Sign up now to visit your legislator on December 16 and win $1 billion for climate! 

$1 billion is a lot of money, but it’s still less than what we’ll eventually need to tackle the climate crisis face on. But $1 billion in the next four months is the down payment to start fulfilling the promises in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. We don’t have time to wait. 

Each visit will have a local host and we’ll make sure you’re trained to speak with your legislature about the need to fund bold climate action. 

The State Senate and Assembly took an incredible first step in passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act last spring. Now, we need them to stay in the fight, and fund climate, jobs, and justice in this year’s budget.

Optional Lobbying Training on Friday, December 13th: 7 PM: How to lobby and the basics of the NYS Legislature by Zoom (video conferencing through your computer) - aimed at folks who have no or little lobbying experience. (If you register or email me by mid-day Thursday, I'll provide you with the Zoom info.)  
A Lafarge Plant
Who: Albany County Residents
What: Help Pass Two Important Environmental Laws for Albany County
  • Local Law F, "Skip The Straw" law, will make plastic straws and cutlery available only upon request in Albany County.  This will help reduce single-use plastics and protect the environment and public health. (Plastic straw fact sheet attached)
  • Local Law I, the "Clean Air Law" will prevent facilities in Albany County from burning tires and garbage in excess of 25 tons per day and put strict emissions limits on burning above one ton/day.  This is a direct response to the LafargeHolcim cement plant in Coeymans, a multi-billion dollar international corporation, which is poised to burn as much as one million waste tires/year. (See FAQ here and more info below.)
When: Next Monday, Dec. 16th, 2019. Come at 6:30 to sign up to speak. hearing begins at 6:30.

Where: Albany County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 16 Eagle St, Albany, The entrance is in the back of the building on Lodge Street.  Click here for a map. 

Here's how you can help get the laws passed:  


1) Monday Dec. 16th.  Sign up to speak by 6:00 pm.  Public Forum starts at 6:30 pm sharp.  Even a few words will help!  Speaking time limited to 2 minutes.  If we don't show up, they will win!

2) Add your name to this petition for the Clean Air Law now:  


3) Very Important:  CALL or EMAIL your county legislator ASAP to say you support the two laws: Find your county legislator by entering your street address here: or see the list of county legislators and their contact info here: Then please email tlieberm1@gmail.com  or tracyrd@statetel.com and let Tina or Christine know what feedback you received.

Why: Support the Clean Air Bill

Lafarge, a multi-national, multi-billion dollar company, with a long history of polluting, breaking the law and ignoring regulations in its plants around the world, wants to transport millions of tires to Albany County and burn them in our community. Lafarge hopes to make $$$ millions while we are poisoned with toxins. Lafarge will poison our air, the Hudson River, our nearby farm lands and bring diseases to us and our children. BUT, we have this chance to stop it.  

LafargeHolcim plans to burn trash and tires at their plant in Ravena-Coeymans, right next to a high school. The town passed a Clean Air Law in response but Republicans and business interests targeted the officials who passed the law and they lost their re-election bids. Now, the new town board is about to weaken the law and allow massive tire burning. 

Fortunately, the Albany County Legislature is considering a Clean Air Bill. It will pass if we have your support. The law would require continuous monitoring of the 20 main pollutants coming from the plant and place other restrictions on burning. This law defends against highly toxic dioxin emissions, acid rain producing sulfur emissions, lead particulates, benzene exposure, carbon monoxide and more.

Questions and Answers on the Proposed Clean Air Law.

Why: "Skip The Straw" Law 

Volunteers from the Ocean Conservancy who clean up our beaches and waterways picked up more than 9 million straws and stirrers over the past 30 years of cleanups. Plenty more end up in our ocean, where they endanger sea turtles, albatross, fish and other ocean wildlife. In the United States, more than 100 million plastic utensils are used each day. Plastic straws, utensils and stirrers cannot be recycled or composted. You can help:

Support the Skip the Straw Law to make plastic straws and plastic utensils in Albany County eateries "upon request" rather than automatically given to customers. 


A Minute a Day
 
A message from Sandy Steubing of PAUSE (People of Albany United for Safe Energy), 518-368-7045

I am feeling the fierce urgency of now, due to new global temperature increases put out by the UN recently:

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/26/science-screaming-un-report-warns-only-rapid-and-transformational-action-can-stave

Some highlights:

  • levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2018.
  • We are on track for a temperature rise of over 5.7°F by the end of the century.
  • We have to reduce emissions by 7.6% each year between 2020 and 2030 to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C (2.7°F).
  • The G20 countries are responsible for 78% of global GHG emissions.
I call Cuomo every day with the following message:

"Governor Cuomo, Please declare a climate emergency for the state of New York and immediately ban all new fossil fuel infrastructure.  This means stopping Danskammer, CPV, Cricket Valley and the 7 mile loop around Albany and Rensselear.  In addition you need to power the Empire State Plaza solely with renewable sources of energy."

Tel: 518-474-8390, press (1) or Tweet: @NYGovCuomo 

You go directly to a recording and don't have to leave your name, zip code, or any other contact info.  Takes less than a minute.  We now have folks calling in from Rochester, Buffalo and the Capital District.  There are 38 of us calling nearly every day for an approximate 260 calls a week.  I invite CASE to join us.  
 

Don't Miss the Clean Heating & Cooling Workforce
Networking Event
December 17, 2019 5:45pm – 8pm
TEC-SMART
345 Hermes Road, Malta, NY 12020

HeatSmart Capital Region invites you to this opportunity to engage and learn from Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pump experts in the region, including Aztech Geothermal, Dandelion Geothermal, Choice Heating & Cooling, Hot Water Solutions, Ridgeline Heating and Cooling, and Superior Co-Op HVAC. During this free speed networking event, individuals interested in working in the clean heating & cooling industry will have the opportunity to meet local professionals, ask questions about the industry, and explore employment opportunities.
 
Join us for networking and refreshments.
 
Click Here to Register

Please share this with others you think would be interested in this excellent opportunity!


FAIR LAWN SIGNS 

Approximately 100 Fair lawn signs were planted this year. We have 56 of them reclaimed to date. These signs cost about $10 each, so retrieval and re-purposing them for next years' Fair makes sense.

If you see any Green Energy Fair signs still in the ground, please remove them and give us a call at 518-781-4686 and we'll figure out how to get them from you.

Thanks!

 



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