In his State of the City address today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan to ban styrofoam in stores and restaurants citing a lack of biodegradability and high recycling costs that he called “terrible for the environment” and “terrible for taxpayers.” State Senator Liz Krueger responded to the mayor’s speech by jumping on his ban-wagon and taking it one step further–calling on the Legislature to ban styrofoam statewide.
A group of religious leaders are hoping divine intervention will force Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban the controversial natural gas drilling procedure known as hydrofracking in New York State. Today at noon, an interfaith group of around 15 religious figures gathered outside the governor’s office in Midtown Manhattan for an anti-fracking pray-in. With parkas draped over their ritual garb for warmth, the leaders adamantly spoke out against the controversial drilling process and invoked biblical imagery in their quest to convert the as-yet-undecided governor.
“When God created Adam and Eve, God led them by the hand around the garden of Eden,” preached Rabbi Marc Katz, of Congregation Beth Elohim. “We too have a garden: a beautiful, thriving Eden. Every time we pump chemicals into our water supply, every time we drill without knowing the consequences, we bring our garden closer to destruction.” Continue reading “Religious Leaders Call for Divine Intervention in Fracking Debate”→
Yesterday, the White House indicated President Barack Obama would veto a House Republican bill, H.R. 6082, that would require the Interior Department to allow oil and gas leasing at sites off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts that remain off limits for the next five years under the Obama Administrations current energy plan. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul responded by releasing a statement this morning saying the veto is proof “President Obama doesn’t have a clue when it comes to America’s energy future.”
“As energy prices have risen and our economy continues to struggle, President Obama insists on hindering efforts to expand domestic production and create American jobs. His self-described ‘hodgepodge’ energy policy has been an abject failure,” Ms. Saul said. “Whether blocking job-creating initiatives like the Keystone pipeline or wasting taxpayer money on boondoggles like Solyndra, President Obama doesn’t have a clue when it comes to America’s energy future.” Continue reading “Romney Campaign: ‘Obama Doesn’t Have a Clue When It Comes to America’s Energy Future’”→
Rudy Giuliani spoke out against potential plans to close the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant at the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Irish Heritage Luncheon yesterday. Mr. Giuliani and his lobbying firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, have been hired to promote the plantby its owners, Entergy Nuclear, who are pushing for a new 20-year license to continue running the plant.
WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum called the anti hydrofracking is part of the left’s larger strategy of trying to “scare you into supporting radical ideas on the environment” during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference today.
“I come from Pennsylvania, we’re doing a little bit of that in Pennsylvania, thank God,” Mr. Santorum said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is currently working with the Department of Environmental Conservation to come up with rules to regulate and allow hydrofracking in New York after lifting a statewide ban on the controversial natural gas drilling technique last summer.
Mr. Santorum went on to accuse the Obama administration is “going after” the controversial natural gas drilling technique by trying to paint it as “a bogeyman.” Mr. Santorum didn’t explain exactly how President Obama, who expressed support for the procedure in his State of the Union address last month, is attacking hydrofracking.
Manhattan Borough President and likely 2013 mayoral candidate Scott Stringer issued a report today calling for solar panels to be installed on the roofs of New York City public schools.
“Solar energy installations and public schools are a perfect match,” Mr. Stringer said. “This is an idea whose time has come–a cost-effective, sensible program that will create jobs, lower energy bills and save tax dollars for decades to come.”
At the Assembly hearing on the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant this morning, lawmakers heard from energy policymakers, the company that owns the plant and some uninvited protesters.
Indian Point, which is located less than forty miles of the five boroughs, provides approximately thirty percent of the power for New York City and Westchester County. Those who want Indian Point shut down say the plant, which began operations in the early 1960’s, is outdated and dangerous. Indian Point’s supporters argue the plant is a vital part of the energy grid. Continue reading “Assembly Holds Hearing on Possible Closure of Indian Point Nuclear Plant”→