Flush With Biden’s Infrastructure Cash, New York Is Choosing Highways Over Public Transit

The law will ultimately deliver New York nearly $6 billion in “flexible funds” that are earmarked for highways but can be spent on transit instead, if the federal government gives its permission. But New York has rarely asked for it. Meanwhile, the Transportation Department is using the bonanza to pursue dozens of highway expansions. The ReThink Rte 17 Coalition, which OE is a founding member of, is working to get sustainable alternatives to adding a 3rd lane in spots.

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Danskammer Appeals Air Permit Denial

And the fight for clean air and mitigation of climate change impacts in our region continues……

Danskammer Energy announced on 11/24/21 that it will appeal the NYSDEC 10/27/21 ruling that denied the required air permit for operation of the power plant in Newburgh.

In its denial, the NYSDEC stated “…..The proposed project would be inconsistent with or would interfere with the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits established in the Climate Act. Danskammer failed to demonstrate the need or justification for the proposed project notwithstanding this inconsistency.” Danskammer Energy says it disagrees with the denial saying the State DEC is holding them to “standards that don’t even exist.” The CLCPA was developed in response to the climate change crisis that mandates carbon emissions reductions. The law outlines goals of reaching 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 in New York, 100 percent zero-emission electricity by 2040 and an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The proposed expansion was the first large scale gas-fired power plant to be considered by state authorities since the 2019 passage of CLCPA.

Getting More Solar On Rooftops

In the United States, solar permitting is spread across more than 23,000 separate jurisdictions and 3,000 utilities. This makes for a fragmented and unstandardized process, leading to long waits for permits. In some places homeowners wait for months to get their systems on line…..A new online permitting application, SolarAPP+, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, RMI, solar industry leaders, and local governments, is setting out to change that.

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Getting More Solar on Rooftops Across the Country

Testimony on the Danskammer Proposal

Presented to the record by Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.

On March 31st of this year, our President Emeritus Michael Edelstein Ph.D. submitted comments for the public record on the Danskammer Power Plant proposal. OE opposes the current proposal being considered as a detriment to our region and the climate change crisis overall.

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