Politicians on defense
We’ve sounded the alarm on a reckless plan state Senators have proposed to roll back thousands of hard-fought public health and environmental protections in what’s a clear giveaway to special interests. The plan would roll back laws that cut diesel emissions which trigger kids’ asthma attacks, and even a landmark law that requires insurers to cover annual mammograms for women. Thousands have spoken out – if you haven’t, take action right now.
A busy start
It’s shaping up to be a busy 2014 and we’re making progress on several fronts. For starters, Governor Cuomo committed his administration to a plan to lower climate-altering carbon emissions a full 80 percent by 2050. It’s an aggressive commitment, and one we can now use to hold the Governor accountable for his actions, including decisions on renewable energy and fracking. Then nine northeast and mid-Atlantic states have moved forward with the plan we championed to further lower power plant carbon emissions.
An idea as bad as they come is rising on our agenda, which would transform New York State and the Hudson River into a major transport hub for the planet's dirtiest form of crude oil. Look for ways to get involved in the weeks ahead!
Budget battles begin
Governor Cuomo unveiled his proposed state budget last week. There are some good items and some that need work. The Governor is advancing our plan to reform the state’s program for cleaning up toxic sites (“brownfields”). The program has shut out many communities and Governor Cuomo’s budget will right the ship and ensure more contaminated sites are cleaned up statewide, making our communities safer and healthier. Want to read more about what we're fighting for? See our 2014 agenda online.
Look great, raise money for EA
You can help raise $1,000 for Environmental Advocates this week and look good doing it! Our friends at ThreadStart have shirts, tote bags and more for sale which let you show off your green New York pride – and they are donating $8 to our clean air and water work for every single item sold this week. The challenge is this week only, so check them out online.