Press Conference/Rally Today—Ban Fracking Now!

Democratic Congressional Candidate Joel Tyner (for New York State’s 19th Congressional District) will be holding a press conference/rally today at 2:00 p.m. where the Sawkill meets the Zena Cornfield. This beautiful spot is not part of the NYC watershed, and is not protected from the effects of hydrofracking. Joel was instrumental in cleaning up the damage from MTBE (a gasoline additive) during his five terms as a county legislator in Dutchess County, and has worked tirelessly to ban fracking in New York State.

By the end of the public comment period in January of 2012, the NYS DEC had received over 66,000 comments on the revised DSGEIS, more comments than they had ever received on any issue, and the comments were overwhelmingly (approximately 9 to 1) against fracking.

It is imperative that our government officials listen to the will of the people regarding hydrofracking; New York State’s people, water, agriculture & tourism are at stake—one can’t drink a glass of natural gas. Please show your support and come to this rally today!

 

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No Fracking!

For 4 years, Joel Tyner has made it clear that hydrofracturing, or “fracking” is not a viable solution to America’s energy problems. Joel has been consistent in his opposition to fracking—it’s wrong for our energy needs, wrong for the environment, wrong for our health, and wrong for our economy—fracking will not provide jobs, and will ruin New York’s tourism and agricultural businesses.

Mr. Schreibman, on the other hand has made statements to the effect that “the jury is still out”. On Dr. Alan Chartock’s WAMC show, Congressional Corner, Mr. Schreibman stated that, “…I don’t see a lot of space between his position and mine…”, referring to President Obama’s stated position on hydrofracking. President Obama’s statement:

“The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock—reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.”

Even Geologist & Professor Terry Engelder of Penn State, an early and current advocate for hydrofracking admits, “There probably can never be enough regulations, particularly if you’re on the side of really making sure this is done right.”, making clear that, as regards hydrofracking, we do have to choose between the environment and our economy.

Joel Tyner would rather see those “public research dollars” invested in solar, wind, and geothermal technologies and JOBS. As Joel said, “New York State has plenty of sunlight. We get more sunlight than Germany and they have solar panels all over the place.”

Happy Earth Day!

John McConnell’s Earth Flag

Today is the 42nd Earth Day, and we are thankful that Senator Gaylord Nelson created this important event.Without the first Earth Day, we would, in all likelihood, have no EPA, no Clean Air Act, and no Clean Water Act.

Yet the EPA and those acts have been increasingly under assault, most notably from the so-called “Halliburton Loophole”, which exempts the natural gas industry from not only the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, but also from Superfund legislation, effectively giving the gas companies free reign to pollute indiscriminately for the sake of profits (claims that fracking will lead to energy independence are rubbish, as most natural gas will be exported to foreign countries where the purchase price is much higher than in the United States). This leaves it to the states and local governments to take action to make sure that hydrofracking is banned.

Joel Tyner has called for a nationwide ban on hydrofracking, and also criminalization, and we supporters thank him for his efforts. In addition to likely aquifer contamination from hydrofracking, there are threats of extensive air pollution. Methane is twenty-one times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas, and will accelerate climate change.

We will write more tomorrow about the dangers of hydrofracking; but please take some time to think about this threat to our environment, and to take action.

Twenty reasons to dump Chris Gibson

(He’s Anti-Senior, Anti-Woman, Anti-Worker, Anti-Environment, Anti-Us!)
(and aside from Gibson’s dangerous obsession with building yet ANOTHER nuclear toxic waste site near us:)
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Reason 1: Even the Wall Street Journal reported April 4th last year that the Gibson/Cantor/Boehner “Cut, Cap, and Kill” legislation would “essentially end Medicare” while eliminating 700,000 jobs; meanwhile, Gibson and his staff continue to lie about this to anyone calling his offices—unconscionable.

Reason 2: According to Maplight.org, Gibson also raked in $46,250 in campaign contributions from the insurance industry from July 1, 2009 to June 30th last year—little wonder he voted last year to voucherize Medicare—doubling health care costs for seniors by 2021 according to the Congressional Budget Office. (I, Joel Tyner, the populist, progressive Democratic challenger to Gibson, am taking no insurance industry $; that makes for a strong candidacy!)

Reason 3: Gibson has raked in over $122,000 over the last two years alone from securities and investment firms on Wall Street (little wonder, and according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org database, Gibson last year raked in $10,150 in from Wall Street securities and investment firms, $15,700 from the insurance industry, $22,500 from the military/aerospace industry, and $7000 from electric utilities, besides the $2000 he got from Goldman Sachs in September 2010, $5000 last July from Eric Cantor’s PAC—disgusting (I refuse donations from all these special interests perverting the system).

Reason 4: Gibson’s signing on to Grover Norquist’s “no new tax” pledge means Congressman 1% will continue ignoring an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll last March finding that 81% of Americans support taxing millionaires to solve federal budget problems—not putting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security on chopping block (send me to Washington—I’ll be an even louder voice telling both the GOP and Democrats to save all 3 of these from cuts; see below—new United for a Fair Economy update on this. Recall the infamous Town Hall forum Gibson hosted last August in Millerton—folks were/are upset; I was there.
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Reason 5: Gibson voted last February to eliminate $300 million in Title X Planned Parenthood funding—even though “Title X funding can only be used for family planning services including birth control, life-saving cervical and breast cancer screenings, HIV counseling and testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and education. The funding cannot and is not used to provide abortion services. Under the proposal, 48 percent of Planned Parenthood patients nationwide would be cut off from their source of health care for these essential services. Ninety-seven percent of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are preventive, most of which are women’s gynecology services.”

Reason 6: Gibson voted last fall for HR 358—legislation that “would allow a hospital to deny a woman lifesaving emergency abortion care—even if a doctor deems it necessary. It would also take comprehensive health care coverage away from women and create loopholes that states and insurance companies could exploit to undermine the new requirement that insurance companies provide birth control with no co-pays or deductibles.”

Reason 7: Gibson refuses to lift a finger to join the bipartisan effort to save post offices; Treadwell closed.
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Reason 8: Gibson also blithely told everyone at Millerton Town Hall last August that he wasn’t sure if climate change was man made(!); I was in the room, folks.

Reason 9: Gibson voted for the Ryan budget last April 15th against the disAbled—by cutting Medicaid by 35%.

Reason 10: Gibson voted last fall for only $3.65 billion in funding for FEMA for Tropical Storm Irene relief for homeowners, businesses, and our communities—even after the Senate had just approved $6.9 billion for FEMA in a strong bipartisan majority.
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Reason 11: Rep. Chris Gibson voted Dec. 14th for the atrocious indefinite detention NDAA bill, “The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012—(House Vote 932 – H.R.1540: On Agreeing to the Conference Report)”.

Reason 12: Rep. Maurice Hinchey, Rep. Paul Tonko, and 91 other Democratic (and principled) members of the House of Representatives voted on Dec. 14th against the indefinite detention NDAA legislation.

Reason 13: It wasn’t just 93 Democrats in the House who voted against the indefinite detention NDAA bill; the truth is also that literally 43 GOP members of the House of Representatives (but not Chris Gibson) voted Dec. 14th against indefinite detention NDAA legislation—following GOP (not Chris Gibson though):
Republicans Justin Amah (MI-3), Larry Buchshon (IN-8), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Dan Burton (IN-5), John Campbell (CA-48), Jason Chaffetz (VT-3), Mike Coffman (CO-6), Scott DesJarlais (TN-4), Jeffrey Duncan (SC-3), John Duncan, Jr. (TN-2), Jeff Flake (AZ-6), J. Randy Forbes (VA-4), Scott Garrett (NJ-5), Robert Goodlatte (VA-6), Paul Gosar (AZ-1), Trey Gowdy (SC-4), Tom Graves (GA-9), Morgan Griffith (VA-9), Andy Harris (MD-1), Robert Hurt (VA-5), Tim Johnson (IL-15), Walter Jones (NC-3), Paul Labrador (ID-1), Cynthia Lumnis (WY-1), Connie Mack (FL-14), Tom McClintock (CA-4), Mick Mulvaney (SC-5), Mike Pence (IN-6), Bill Posey (FL-15), Reid Ribble (WI-8), Phil Roe (TN-1), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46), Todd Rokita (IN-4), Ed Royce (CA-40), David Schweikert (AZ-5), Mike Simpson (ID-2), Marlin Stutzman (IN-3), Scott Tipton (CO-3), Tim Walberg (MI-7), Joe Walsh (IL-8), and Rob Woodall (GA-7)!
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Reason 14: Gibson voted last Nov. for REINS—jeopardizing food safety and Dodd-Frank provisions.

Reason 15: Gibson voted last Nov. for the so-called “Balanced Budget Amendment” cuts to Social Security/Medicare.

Reason 16: Gibson refuses to support Obama’s American Jobs Act—and he also refuses to support Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s even better “Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act”, which would create 2.2 million jobs rebuilding our infrastructure and add hiring in our schools, hospitals, child care centers, parks, police officers, firefighters, weatherization, and recycling—by raising taxes for Americans who earn more than $1 million and $1 billion, by eliminating subsidies for big oil companies, and by closing loopholes for corporations that send American jobs overseas.

Reason 17: Gibson voted last fall to kill more American jobs by extending so-called “free-trade” agreements to Korea, Panama, and Colombia—though we’ve already lost 5 million jobs from NAFTA.

Reason 18: Gibson’s allegiance to Grover Norquist jeopardizes national support for farmland protection.

As Rhinebeck resident and Scenic Hudson Senior Vice President Steve Rosenberg noted recently on WAMC, it’s crucial that even the small amount of federal funding for farmland protection ($100 million) now in the the farm bill about to be re-authorized be maintained—the fact is this becomes more and more impossible with Norquist acolytes like Gibson in office who reject progressive taxation.

Reason 19: Gibson refuses to push for a wide variety of common-sense progressive initiatives that have broad populist support, as evidenced repeatedly by many polls—a statewide ban on fracking (and immediate national moratorium), a liveable minimum wage, Medicare for all, Clean Money Clean Elections campaign finance reform, amending the Constitution to make it clear corporations aren’t people, taxing Wall Street, breaking up the big banks, bringing back the Glass-Steagall Act, ending the speculation driving gas/oil prices up through the roof, bringing our troops home now from Afghanistan, Iraq, and all over the globe to save $125 billion a year for taxpayers (and redirect $ home to our needs)—and he refuses to lift a finger to join Sen. Bernie Sanders in seriously challenging the $16 TRILLION the Federal Reserve recently lent out to practically every major financial institution and corporation around.

Pre-Earth Day Press Conference

20 April 2012
Pre-Earth Day press conference
This year Earth Day falls on a Sunday (this one coming up just around the corner—April 22nd)…

Let us know if you can join us for special pre-Earth Day press conference—to criminalize fracking and promote solar power in front of the County Office Building, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 20th!

Ten reasons to criminalize fracking
Joel Tyner on banning fracking

Six Reasons for New York and the U.S. to Go Solar—and Criminalize Fracking; Immediate Moratorium:
(kudos again to Bram Loeb)
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Fact #1: Dr. Richard Perez of SUNY/Albany has conclusively proven that ALL of NYS’s energy needs could be met completely by solar energy alone—by covering 0.75% of NY’s surface with photovoltaics.

Fact #2: “Germany, a nation that has less sun than New York, is installing solar electric (photovoltaic) power capacity at the rate of 20 megawatts per day.”

Fact #3: “Connecticut regulators on December 22, 2012 signed off on two renewable energy projects in East Lyme and Somers, creating what will be the largest solar farms in New England. The state Department of Energy & Environmental Projection (DEEP) approved the East Lyme Solar Park and the Somers Solar Center, each generating up to five megawatts of electricity. New England’s largest solar farm to date is Northeast Utilities’ $12 million, 2.2-megawatt Indian Orchard station in Springfield, run by NU’s Western Massachusetts Electric Co. unit, that went on line earlier this week. WMECo also runs the 1.8-megawatt Silver Lake solar facility in Pittsfield, Mass. DEEP approved the East Lyme and Somers projects under an effort to develop 30 megawatts of clean energy in the state.”
CT OKs New England’s largest future solar farms

Fact #4: 22,000 jobs across NY could be created with bipartisan Bonacic/Cahill Solar Jobs Act of 2012 (for solar renewable energy credits, as in NJ, PA, MA— all much more heavily incentivizing purchase of solar for residents than NY does now); Town of Babylon lends homeowners money for solar as well.
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Fact #5: “14,000 living-wage green jobs are being created because of landmark Green Jobs Green NY legislation passed two years ago to green one million homes across NYS with energy-efficiency retrofits; 90% of NYS homeowners eligible for free energy audits. State-certified contractors perform free or low-cost energy audits for homeowners, looking for repairs and upgrades (air sealing, insulation, new boilers, etc.) that can pay for themselves through energy savings in an 8–10 year window.

“The work is paid for by the Green New York fund, and homeowners pay the fund over time back out of a portion of their energy savings. They pocket the rest, plus get their homes repaired.”

Fact #6: In Dutchess County alone, homeowners & businesses could save $1 billion on energy costs over next decade on energy efficiency according to Sustainable Hudson Valley’s David Dell.
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8-Day Walk for the 99%!

Two years ago I walked 140 miles in 12 days from the NY Stock Exchange on Wall Street up to Albany to make the point that the worst things to do in deep recession are budget cuts, layoffs, union-busting…
[recall: http://dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2010/07/thanx-tons-to-all-of-you-who-stood-with.html ]

Well—we’re baaaack… (blame Bill McKnight for this folks (lol); last night Bill suggested walk on FB)…

Let us know if you can join us for even just small part of our upcoming 8-Day, 65-Mile, Pre-May Day Walk for 99% Spring (General Strike 5/1)—starting Mon. 11:00 a.m. in front of FDR Hyde Park site on Route 9

[even if you can just join me for beginning, end, or part of middle—it would be great to have folks with me]

[note—all days but Mon. will kick off at 10:00 a.m.—ending daily walks with canvassing and house parties!]

  1. Mon. Apr. 23rd 11:00 a.m. from FDR site in Hyde Park to Lloyd Town Hall
    (12 Church St.)
  2. Tues. Apr. 24th 10:00 a.m.—Lloyd to New Paltz
    (end: four corners in middle of village—Rt. 32/299)
  3. Weds. Apr. 25th 10:00 a.m.—New Paltz to Rosendale
    (end: Community Center on Rt. 32)
  4. Thurs. Apr. 26th 10:00 a.m.—Rosendale to Kingston
    (end: Senate House—where Maurice Hinchey announced his retirement)
  5. Fri. Apr. 27th 10:00 a.m.—Kingston to Woodstock
    (end: Woodstock Village Green in middle of town)
  6. Sat. Apr. 28th 10:00 a.m.—Woodstock to Saugerties
    (end: at Inquiring Mind Bookstore—Main/Partition Streets)
  7. Sun. Apr. 29th 10:00 a.m.—Saugerties to Catskill
    (end: in front of Catskill Town Hall on Main Street)

[need reminder of what this Walk for the 99% is about?… scroll down for polls this campaign is about]

[also—depending on how this Walk for the 99% goes, Team Tyner is also planning similar walks from Delhi onward, Hudson to Coxsackie, Cooperstown to Cobleskill, Monticello to Liberty, Oneonta to Sidney; let us know if you’d like to help us plan those!… (can’t do this without you all; step up now folks!)]

[again—Team Tyner conference call tonight 9 pm—call 845-444-0599 now to sign up to participate]

Once more—this is crucial—we need you in grass roots across the 19th c.d. to step up to the plate to be responsible for organizing/educating, mobilizing, locking down YOUR individual communities for this campaign, GOTV; for each of 140+ municipalities(!)… let us know asap if you can do that for Team Tyner, folks!…

Send $$$ you can—to Joel for Congress, 324 Browns Pond Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580, or click here for PayPal—pass it on!…

Wondering what the Team Tyner plan is to mobilize Dems to come out in force for June 26th primary?…

Here it is!….(note: actual rallies/press conferences for these nine issues won’t necessarily be on Mondays):

[these ten issues below encapsulate our winning populist, progressive campaign—heart of Dem party]

[note: we already have Women for Tyner and Students for Tyner launched on Facebook—please let us know ASAP if you might be interested in helping to launch Seniors for Tyner on Facebook—and/or Small Business for Tyner, Labor for Tyner, Fractivists for Tyner, Farmers for Tyner, or Veterans for Tyner!]

[re: weekly list—we’re looking to have events ALL over 19th c.d. on these—let us know if you can help!]