Coming Clean: An American Moment
The Blog of Executive Director Michael Brune
You might want to save the date: September 21. Here's why.
Activists working to address the climate crisis have been cautiously cheering President Obama this year -- for telegraphing that he's likely to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and for the Clean Power Plan, an important set of standards that his Environmental Protection Agency has proposed for cutting carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants.
Yet as scientists know, as polar bears know, and as people who've experienced extreme weather know, the nation and the world are still moving too slowly to avert climate disaster...read more
The Tar Sand Fight Comes Home to NY
The extraction of Canadian tar sands and North Dakotan Shale oil has sparked a firestorm of international protest over the threat that this emerging source of crude oil could present to the earth's destabilizing climate. The Keystone XL pipeline - the fuse by which this climate "bomb" would be lit - has to date been blocked by the Obama administration, largely out of acknowledgement for the catastrophic environmental risks. But while the focus has been on stopping pipelines, oil companies have been looking to the railways to transport this dirty fuel from the North American heartland to its coastal refineries thousands of miles away. New Yorkers are now just waking up the fact that hundreds upon hundreds of crude oil rail cars rumble from Buffalo and the upper reaches of Lake Champlain to Albany every day along some of New York's most important waterways and city centers. This "pipeline-on-rails" has never received an environmental review, yet represents dangers of apocalyptic proportions. Take action today and tell the DEC to conduct a full EIS! (Updated August 1st comment deadline!)
Renewable Energy Toolkit
The Atlantic Chapter is dedicated to promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout New York.
- Our Chapter's policy on Renewable Energy details our goals for NYS (read here).
- Find our Renewable Energy Brochure here (pdf).
- Send a letter to your elected officials, urging them to promote renewable energy and efficiency in their own newsletters (sample letter).
For more on Renewable Energy, click here.
Petition for Mandatory GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Labeling in NYS
Foods produced from or containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may contain new substances or have purposeful or inadvertent compositional changes and have the potential to cause a variety of health problems. Sadly, consumers are not informed which products contain GMOs and therefore cannot make an informed decision about their consumption of GMOs. Sign the Petition today!More info on GMOs in our food system