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!

 

Press Conference/Rally to ban fracking!

May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Tomorrow, May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., Joel Tyner will hold a press conference/rally at the Zena Cornfield in Woodstock, NY. The Sawkill, which runs next to the Zena Cornfield, is not protected from hydrofracking under the proposed DEC regulations, as it is not part of the NYC watershed, nor are many areas within the Catskill Park. (Thanks to Catskill Mountainkeeper for their invaluable work.)

The regulations proposed by the DEC are insufficient to protect our water, and hydrofracking for methane (natural gas) has absolutely caused problems where drilling has commenced—in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Barnett Shale in Texas, the Hilliard in Wyoming, etc., problems ranging from aquifer contamination to increased seismic activity.

If fracking is so safe, why were exemptions needed to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act? (The so-called Halliburton loophole.)

Again, I will cite Geologist and Professor Terry Engelder of Penn St, one of the earliest (and current) proponents of hydrofracturing. As a matter of fact, it was Terry Engelder who revised upwards the estimates of how much gas could be obtained from the Marcellus and other shale formations, beginning the rush to frack; in November 2008, based on drilling results, Engelder increased his estimate of the amount of natural gas in the Marcellus to 363 TCF of recoverable resource, which would be enough to supply U.S. consumption for at least fourteen years.

Here is what Professor Engelder has to say about the safety of drilling:
“There probably can never be enough regulations, particularly if you’re on the side of really making sure this is done right.”

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!]

Ten weeks; ten reasons to vote for Joel Tyner!

Week 1:
Begins Mon. Apr. 23rd
Rally for Seniors/Health Care for All

Medicare for all; no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security
http://dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2012/04/2350-petition-signatures-given-to.html

Week 2:
Begins Mon. Apr. 30th
Rally for Small Business (bring back FDR’s Glass-Steagall Act)
www.PetitionOnline.com/FDRagain

Week 3:
Begins Mon. May 7th
Rally for Jobs/Labor (repeal NAFTA; public works, living wage)
AFLCIO.org

Week 4:
Begins Mon. May 14th
Rally for Government, of, for, by the People
Amend the Constitution; corporations aren’t people; CMCE, repeal NDAA (indefinite detention)
MovetoAmend.org
FairElectionsNow.org

Week 5:
Begins Mon. May 21st
Rally for Women—stand up for reproductive justice
PlannedParenthood.org

Week 6:
Begins Mon. May 28th
Rally to Ban/Criminalize Fracking—solar/wind/geothermal now
CriminalizeFracking.org
VoteSolar.org

Week 7:
Begins Mon. June 4th
Rally for Family Farmers—stop Wall Street speculation
FoodandWaterWatch.org/food/fair-farm

Week 8:
Begins Mon. June 11th
Rally for Peace (Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq)—stop the insanity
FPIF.org
Peace-Action.org
VeteransforPeace.org

Week 9:
Begins Mon. June 18th
Rally for Schools/Universities—
fully fund our public schools; end college student debt, free college tuition

ProjectonStudentDebt.org

Week 10:
Begins Mon. June 25th
GOTV Rally for Real Majority—polls prove we’re the majority
DutchessDemocracy.blogspot.com/2011/08/help-launch-real-majority-columbia.html