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Tell Senator Schumer that any budget reconciliation plan approved by Congress must include a mechanism that forces the fossil fuel industry to contribute more to cover the costs of the climate crisis – a crisis that they caused.

 

The recent, frightening United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report makes clear that – for the future of humanityinaction or half-hearted measures to combat the climate crisis will usher in a harrowing future. And the costs of responding will be enormous. Which raises the question: Who will pay, the public or the oil companies that caused the problem? Congress should make the climate polluters pay.

Scientists have predicted for decades that the burning of fossil fuels – oil, gas, and coal – was heating up the planet and would lead to the devastating consequences that we are now experiencing. And some of those scientists worked for the oil companies themselves. Instead of being a conscientious global citizen, the oil industry embarked on a decades-long campaign of deception that undermined environmental science. The industry went further, installing toadies throughout the political and civic worlds to parrot those lies. And it worked: Nothing of significance took place to avert the disasters that the world is now experiencing. So, what should be done?

We must TAKE ACTION NOW at the federal level to MAKE POLLUTERS PAY!

 

Congress may respond. In the U.S. Senate, Senator Van Hollen of Maryland – joined by Vermont Senator Sanders, Massachusetts Senators Markey and Warren, and others – advanced a proposal to make these climate polluters pay $500 billion toward the infrastructure costs that the nation faces to address climate change. Following the Senate’s announcement, New York Congressional Representative Bowman pledged to advance a matching bill in the House of Representatives.

The Senators model their legislation on the nation’s toxic waste site clean-up "Superfund" law, which uses a "polluter must pay" model. The aim is to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for costs tied to the climate crisis, which is the fairest and most just way to proceed.

Please contact Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer today and tell him:

Any budget reconciliation plan approved by the Senate must require that the oil, gas, and coal industries pay additional assessments to help pay for the costs – damage to roads, mass transit systems, seaports, and frontline environmental justice communities – of mitigating and adapting to a climate crisis that the fossil fuel corporations caused. Make the climate polluters pay!

Contact Senator Schumer today!

 

Also, in the U.S. House of Representatives, New York's Congressional delegation is leading the effort to make climate polluters pay for the nation's costs from global warming. They are urging Speaker Pelosi to support making the oil companies pick up the tab – not taxpayers.

Thank you for your help!

The Greenidge Generating Station, located in the Town of Dresden in Yates County, is a primarily natural gas-fired electric generating plant, with a generating capacity of approximately 107 megawatts, which will be used for the purpose of mining cryptocurrency.

We simply cannot reach our climate goals set out by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) if we approve facilities like the Greenidge Generating Station. Please comment to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and let them know that you oppose this project due to its violation of the CLCPA.

Comments on these draft permits must be submitted in writing to the DEC by no later than October 22, 2021!

 

Email comments to: Comment.GreenidgeGenerating2021@dec.ny.gov

Mail comments (via USPS mail) to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Permits
Bureau of Energy Project Management
Attention: Chris Hogan
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-1750.

Thank you for your help!

Where: Locations throughout New York, in-person and virtual (see link below)

National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is a day of nonpartisan civic action to strengthen our democracy. First celebrated in 2012, NVRD involves thousands of organizations and volunteers working together to ensure that their families, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote and ready to cast a ballot. Become a partner organization as New York celebrates NVRD.

Sign up today!

 

Once you have signed your organization up, you will be connected with others in New York to:

  • Join one of our in-person or online NVRD events.
  • Step up to host your own local in-person or online event with your families, friends, and neighbors to ensure that everyone who you know is registered.
  • Request a training or workshop for yourself or your members.
  • Receive digital materials to share voter registration resources via social media.

Thank you, and we look forward to partnering with you!

When: 5 PM on 9/28, 1 PM on 9/29
Where: Virtual

Please let the New York Public Service Commission know that they need to deny the Article X application for the Danskammer Power Plant in the Town of Newburgh. Tell them that the Danskammer proposal will only contribute to the climate crisis at a time when we simply cannot afford it.

Register for the public hearings today!

 

Tuesday, September 28 at 5 PM:

 

To join the hearing online, visit webex.com and click "Join a Meeting."

  • Meeting number: 179 528 2148
  • Password: Sept28-5pm

To join the hearing by phone only:

  • Dial (518) 549-0500
  • Access code: 179 528 2148

Wednesday, September 29 at 1 PM:

 

To join the hearing online, visit webex.com and click "Join a Meeting."

  • Meeting number: 179 261 1687
  • Password: Sept29-1pm

To join the hearing by phone only:

  • Dial (518) 549-0500
  • Access code: 179 261 1687

*Note: Any person wishing to provide a public statement on the record at a hearing must pre-register to do so by 3 PM on Monday, September 27. Speakers will be called in the order in which they registered.

Thank you for your help!

When: 1 PM & 6 PM
Where: Virtual

The Greenidge Generating Station, located in the Town of Dresden in Yates County, is a primarily natural gas-fired electric generating plant, with a generating capacity of approximately 107 megawatts, which will be used for the purpose of mining cryptocurrency.

We simply cannot reach our climate goals set out by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) if we approve facilities like the Greenidge Generating Station. Please comment to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and let them know that you oppose this project due to its violation of the CLCPA.

Register to testify against this project at the public hearings to be held on October 13, 2021!

 

To join the 1 PM hearing online, visit webex.com and click "Join a Meeting."

  • Meeting number: 179 591 7541
  • Password: Oct13-1PM

To join the 1 PM hearing by phone only:

  • Dial (518) 549-0500
  • Access code: 179 255 2522

To join the 6 PM hearing online, visit webex.com and click "Join a Meeting."

  • Meeting number: 179 255 2522
  • Password: Oct13-6PM

To join the 6 PM hearing by phone only:

  • Dial (518) 549-0500
  • Access code: 179 255 2522

Thank you for your help!

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