Groups rallied in Albany at the National Grid meeting on the need for clean renewable heat. In the first of a two part segment we hear from Laura Shindell of Food and Water Watch; four young students; Betta Broad of New Yorkers for Clean Power,and Sen. Jen Metzger.
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At a rally with allies and Mothers Out Front New York, with guest speaker Aaron Mair, former president of the Sierra Club, protesters pushed for National Grid to stop expanding natural gas pipelines:
The protestors are urging National Grid to back off plans to build or expand natural gas pipelines across the state. In addition to the proposed E-37 project in Albany County, the utility company involved with a plan that would transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York City....
"It is doing a lot of bad things to our Earth and we are kind of destroying it and this is our shot, we don’t have many more," 13-year-old Jessie Kelley said.
On Monday, May 13th, Mothers Out Front NY joined allies in Albany on Monday to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to block the expansion of the Williams Cos. gas pipeline into New York City, as well as a new National Grid pipeline bringing gas into Rensselaer County.
Joining Monday's rally was another group called Mothers Out Front, which opposes National Grid's Albany Loop project in addition to the Williams pipeline expansion.
Megan Root, a local organizer with Mothers Out Front, said the Albany Loop project is not necessary, even though National Grid has said it is needed for reliability as the demand for gas increases with new development in the Capital Region.
"Why are we going to put a new pipeline in?" Root said. "It just doesn't make sense. We don't get why this pipeline is happening."
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Mothers Out Front San Francisco got this OP ED published for Mother's Day! Congratulations to Kathie & Maia Piccagli!
Youth are not the only ones panicked about inheriting a livable world. They are joined by many others, including an army of moms. We put so much love and energy into preparing our children for the future. Now that future looks precarious. We are scared!
This Mother’s Day we don’t want flowers, chocolate, or brunch. California mothers want to give our children the gift of a livable climate, and we ask our elected leaders to support us by endorsing the Green New Deal.
Recent reports tell us we only have until 2030 – or less – to stop fueling the temperature rise devastating the world with climate-change causing greenhouse gas emissions. But temperatures are rising, not declining. Half of all greenhouse gases have been put into the atmosphere in the last 30 years.
Report-in from the Worcester Team: Mothers Out Front co-cooordinator, Gaylen Moore, being interviewed at the Worcester Townhall on the Green New Deal, organized by Sunrise Worcester. Gaylen was interviewed by Telegram and Gazette reporter, Steven Foskett. We tabled at this event, and one of our leaders, Wahya Wolfpaw, an indigenous grandmother, also opened the event with an blessing.
Gaylen Moore of Worcester is a member of the local chapter of Mothers Out Front, a national environmental advocacy organization. The group has focused locally on raising awareness about unrepaired natural gas leaks near schools and day care centers. But Ms. Moore said Mothers Out Front’s goals are in line with the Green New Deal; she said natural gas is a contributor to climate change.
“We need to shift utilities to clean energy in a way that creates good jobs,” Ms. Moore said.
She said it frustrates her to hear people asking where the money will come from to fund Green New Deal initiatives. She said people need to instead ask what the cost is of doing nothing.
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Mothers Out Front and allies are reported in the news around Dominion at the time of the shareholder meeting.
Activists said that the company won’t really embrace new technology until it vows to end its carbon emissions. “We have to get to net zero,” said Mary Cerulli of Boston, a member of the climate action group Mothers Out Front.
On the evening of Tuesday, May 7th, three members of the Mothers Out Front Worcester team, filed a petition to the Worcester City Council requesting a public hearing on Eversource's plans to fix current unrepaired gas leaks within fifty feet of Worcester Public School zones. We also asked that our city support the House F.U.T.U.R.E Act (An Act for A Utility Transition to Renewable Energy).
Report in from the Utility Net-Zero Campaign, at the Dominion Shareholder Meeting on May 7th, in Columbia, South Carolina. Thank you to Mary Cerulli who, inspired by the words of Mary Robinson (Former President of Ireland and Keynote speaker at our Spring Luncheon), “...we must get to net-zero,” works tirelessly to hold corporations accountable for our health and our future.
All of these people, representing half a dozen organizations, understand the power of shareholder advocacy and the need to pressure big asset managers.
At Dominion's Shareholder Meeting, the company celebrated cutting power bills, but protesters raised the issue of the costs that aren't being counted.
David Backer [Mothers Out Front Volunteer], a Massachusetts resident and Dominion stockholder, said Thursday’s comments by Farrell weren’t surprising. He said Farrell did a good job of emphasizing strides the company has made, but didn’t say much about the challenges faced by Dominion Energy.
The company should be able to stop or offset all air pollution in future years, but says it will only do so by 80 percent, said Backer, who voiced his concerns during the stockholders’ meeting.
“Yes, they are investing in solar, for instance, and they have a story to tell,’’ Backer said. “But I think it covers up a lot of things behind the scenes. I have heard this before.’’
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Mothers Out Front Dutchess County team were at the New York State Capital on April 29th with STOP Cricket Valley Energy, Sane Energy Project, Food & Water Watch - New York and New Paltz Climate Action Coalition to deliver a letter asking the state to use its full authority to call for preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to reevaluate, comprehensively, the profound impacts of the #CricketValley Energy project.
Petition delivery for our Cricket Valley letter today. 2000 signatures!