Thank you to Lee Ziesche for this great video on Mothers Out Front in New York working hard to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure!
Lisa’s life has been dominated by fracked gas infrastructure ever since Dominion Energy proposed an expansion of a 200+ mile pipeline that cuts through her rural community.
“If you imagine a football field with a block of ice half a mile into the air, that’s how much gas we’re talking about moving every day,” she said as we stood above a section of the pipeline that goes incredibly close to a community center.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Town of Huntington Team! And thank you to Mother Out Front Jennifer Brown for sharing this story!
We are happy to announce that the Town of Huntington, on Long Island, NY, has now committed to completing the Climate Smart Communities certification process and authorized:
- a government and community operations greenhouse gas inventory,
- a 100% renewable energy feasibility study to set greenhouse gas reduction goals, and
- a capital phase-in plan. It passed 5-0 at yesterday’s Town Board meeting (7/17/18).
We are also very thankful to ACEERS and our Town Board for having previous meetings with us on this important issue, and to Supervisor Chad Lupinacci for sponsoring the resolution.
We had a wonderful response from community members who showed up to the town board meeting. Our voices were heard and we will continue to push for a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward 100% renewable energy.
IN THE NEWS: Please see the joint press release with images from FracTracker, Fossil Free Tompkins, Mothers Out Front NY and The Sierra Club about our event on July 12th at the Tompkins County Library.
You can also see a live stream of some of the speakers here: https://www.facebook.com/MOFFingerLakes/
Anyone who wants to sign up for the bus to the July 24th DEC hearing in Avon should sign up here:
Introduction to her Letter to the Editor by Mother Out front Emily Manns:
Our Governor recently vetoed legislation increasing net metering for solar projects up to 5 MW, and price support for local biomass power plants. Some of the current biomass plants are inefficient and polluting, but we also have sustainable biomass operations, and all create local jobs and make sense for New Hampshire.Our Governor has come out in support of new gas infrastructure, so this LTE attempts to put the issues side by side and point out that new gas faces risks and costs that need to be factored in to their evaluation, including rising steel costs due to tariffs, and a possible $40 per ton carbon fee (and dividend) recently proposed by a very conservative group supported by two former fed chairs.
Read all about it:
In New York State, the Tompkins County Team has something to say about converting a plant from one fossil fuel to another:
"Local chapters of organizations like Mothers Out Front, an environmental activism group, have spoken up, challenging the plan by arguing the damage of continuing with natural gas is too severe and the risks too high. Their primary concerns are the danger of transporting CNG by truck, the inherent emissions and lake pollution that will remain even after the repowering due to natural gas usage, and damage to the roads from the truckload rise."
Mothers Out Front in Brookline #InTheNews!
The signs are the product of Mothers Out Front Brookline, a group of “mothers and others” attempting to bring attention to non-lethal gas leaks. These leaks are responsible for the death of approximately 400 trees throughout Brookline, according to Brookline Mothers Out Front. Each of the signs mark spots where trees have died due to gas leaks from Brookline’s deteriorating underground pipeline system.
“There’s no real incentive to change that for a gas company,” said Brookline Mothers Out Front member Susan Helms Daley, who helped spearhead the ghost tree initiative. “So we’re trying to bring some awareness to this issue because it’s really the public who can bring pressure to the gas companies.”
An open letter to Speaker DeLeo from a Winthrop constituent
Speaker DeLeo: You and I live in Winthrop. Our streets are flooding; the storms are fiercer, more frequent and more damaging; our insurance costs are sky rocketing; but most importantly, our health and our grandchildren’s health–yours and mine–is compromised as our state warms. Please don’t ignore the heat waves, the mold from flooding, the increase in mosquito and tick borne-disease, the allergies and asthma, the heart and lung effects, the mental stress from losing everything.
Read Suzanne's letter on line here:
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Mothers Out Front Hampton Roads is hosting a public house party on June 30th at 10am to invite Virginia Beach mothers to talk about climate change, local impacts and forming a team to take action. This article was published June 25th in the local online news Southside Daily!
Mothers Out Front #InTheNews!
“The [Cricket Valley Energy Center] projecthas been controversial with community and environmental groups, including NYPIRG, Mothers Out Front, and Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance, suggesting the project involves fracking and arguing that emissions from the power plant will be harmful to residents, especially to area school children. Interest groups continue to hold protests opposing the center’s construction.”
Mother Out Front and Columnist Felicia Mednick shares what Mother's Day means to her:
As a part of honoring the mothers in our lives, and as members of Mothers Out Front, we honor the many women who have organized mothers to take action. They give us strength to face the climate crisis, to raise our voices, and to organize. They took their messages to their communities, to the streets and to the halls of government.