Watchdog Report: Big Oil, Climate Rides and More

Study to Take on Big Oil

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has appointed our Peter Iwanowicz to chair an expert panel which will advise and coordinate the hiring of independent consultants to review, investigate and report on the broad range of concerns relative to crude oil transport in New York. This is a big development that will help set the standard for the types of concerns for communities to flag, questions to ask and answers to demand as we fight Big Oil’s reckless attempts to turn our state into a global transport hub for Canadian Tar Sands.


Urging Federal Climate Action

Environmental Advocates helped organize a bipartisan group of more than 50 state legislators to write the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging them to follow New York’s lead and cap climate-altering power plant carbon pollution nationwide. Led by Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and Senator Phil Boyle, the letter notes that New York’s own participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – a longtime priority of ours – has helped curb pollution while investing millions in the development of clean energy and green jobs.

Speaking of the Feds

We will be in D.C. on Thursday and Friday to meet with Members of Congress who are part of the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Coalition (SEEC), to help prepare them for the upcoming release of the EPA’s national power plant pollution standards. The fossil fuel industry of the past is working overtime to kill these important changes, trying to scare people into inaction with threats of job loss and high energy bills. But we will ensure our federal representatives are armed with the facts, and understand how the nine states that comprise the RGGI coalition have benefitted economically and environmentally from capping pollution.

Climate Ride 

Love cycling, hiking or running? Now you can take your advocacy on the road--or up a mountain. Environmental Advocates is now a proud beneficiary of Climate Ride, an organization that coordinates multi-city bike rides to raise awareness about climate change and other key environmental issues. They’re planning a 4-day ride from New York City  to Washington, DC in September. If four days is too long, you can also challenge yourself with a long distance ride, run, walk or hike to benefit our work. You can choose your own adventure just like our friends Abe, Alix, Julie and PeytonSign up for more information!