Cuomo’s Climate Controversy
After initially earning widespread praise for his willingness to talk about climate change following Hurricane Sandy, Governor Andrew Cuomo has now gone silent on the causes of climate change. He even alleged that climate science remains up for debate in his memoir. It’s a disturbing turn for a Governor who has major climate-related issues on his desk, like fracking and oil trains. Governor Cuomo needs to reverse course, get back on the right side of science, and develop a comprehensive climate action plan that moves New York down the path to renewable energy, an issue which he came up short on in his first term. Add your voice now to our petition calling on the Governor to get serious about climate action!
Fracking Decision Coming
Governor Cuomo made a promise to follow science before making a decision on fracking. Yet, despite all the evidence documenting fracking’s negative public health, environmental and climate impacts, he could soon give his approval. Within weeks, the Governor is expected to release an internal health “study” that has occurred entirely in secrecy and without peer review. Additionally, the Administration has shown contempt for accepted standards of medical and scientific analysis. In the weeks ahead, we will be mobilizing our members – including urging your attendance at an indoor rally outside of the Governor’s State of the State address in January. Look for more information soon!
1000s Say No to Tar Sands
One of our biggest efforts in 2014 has been highlighting the dangers of the Cuomo Administration allowing Big Oil to turn our state into a global crude transport hub. Just as with fracking, a big decision is expected soon from the Governor on whether to allow the industry to build an oil heating facility at the Port of Albany (which means unprecedented amounts of oil shipping down the Hudson River to the global market). So far, more than 4,000 Environmental Advocates have called on the Governor to reject this plan, hold the industry accountable, and say no to tar sands in New York. Check out the official comments we submitted to the Cuomo Administration in opposition to this plan!
Bagging Plastic Bags
The New York City Council is considering a common-sense plan that would begin to rid the city of unnecessary and wasteful single-use plastic bags. Opponents have begun a disingenuous campaign to block progress. Our Saima Anjam took their “this is a tax!” propaganda head on in her testimony to the Council: “Offering plastic bags is not an altruistic venture for businesses. Retailers in the United States spend approximately 4 billion dollars each year to purchase disposable bags. This tremendous cost is being passed on to one group: the consumer.”Check out her full testimony, and why the City Council should pass this legislationwhich is good for our environment, communities and economy!