by Karl Grossman
The Town of East Hampton has opened a new energy chapter for Long Island by setting a goal of 2020 for meeting 100 percent of the town’s electricity needs with renewable energy from solar and wind power.
“Making the switch to clean energy is just the right thing to do. Both for the environment and for keeping more money in the local economy and creating jobs here,” stated East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.
by Barbara Warren and Art Klein
Recently, a huge mudslide in Snohomish County, Washington, buried a town, with at least 25 people dead and 90 still missing. In August 2009, Western New York experienced a short burst of heavy rainfall after saturating rain over a few days. This storm unleashed flash flooding along Cattaraugus Creek, deaths and extensive damage.
By Lynda Schneekloth
It was heartening to hear President Obama speak seriously about the impact of climate destabilization during his recent visit to drought sites in California. This persistent drought is a serious problem for all in the country who rely on California agriculture.
One of the impacts of climate change continues to be shifts in the water cycle – it seems we either have too much and floods, or too little and droughts.
AN AMERICAN MOMENT
by Mark Kinnucan and Laura Haight
In late June, local communities triumphed over the fracking industry in a precedent-setting case decided by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.
In a test case pitting community rights against the oil and gas industry, the court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas operations, within municipal borders.