RENewsletter | November 18, 2012

RENewsletter | November 18, 2012


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Opening Salvo:  “NYS Fracking, the rush job”


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a drop-dead date of Nov. 29 to complete new regulations for Fracking—or, god forbid, we will have go through the review process all over again.  Billions of dollars and jobs will be lost if this ‘new boom’ is delayed. At least this is the way the situation is framed in the media.


DOH: fracking review coming One day after saying they could not "speculate" on when a key health review on hydrofracking in New York would commence, the state health department has now announced three university experts have been chosen and will review the data. The state’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, was tasked with hiring outside experts to review health impact data on fracking as the Cuomo Administration continues to study whether fracking will be permitted in New York. (November 16, 2012) North Country Public Radio 


But rather than focus on the horse-race to Frack NYS, it would be far more helpful for our media to rule out the dangers this controversial method of drilling natural gas might have on our state’s environment and health.  Objective reporting on the Fracking issue is not a mid-point between the pro-Fracking and anti-Fracking groups.  Objective reporting should present to the public a full description of the present health of our environment, and then assess whether New York State should even consider this idea.  The measure for objectivity should be our environmental and public health, not corporate profits.   


Al least two phenomena blind many into thinking that this Fracking issue is being once again clogged up and emotionally overcharged by environmentalist: The shifting baseline syndrome and externalities.  Both of which mainstream media seem loathe to give serious consideration.


The shifting baseline syndrome prevents us from appreciating the environmental problems that have accumulated over the past couple of centuries due to our short lifetime experiences.  Because we haven’t personally witnessed the accumulated degradation of our air quality from burning fossil fuels and centuries of dumping our waste into our rivers, we tend to forget how many environmental challenges our state has already endured and continues to endure.   


One gaping loophole in our economic system called externalities blinds us from recognizing the true value of a healthy environment. We’ve created an economic system that ignores environmental costs.  It’s why many are blind to anything but the possibility of great financial gain and indifferent to the loss to our environment incurred as industry operates. 


Some will leverage these blind spots to promote a very limited view of the relationship between environmentalists and scientists.  It is the view that environmentalists are the children and scientists are the adults. That encourages the public to think those who are concerned about our environment are a great big uninformed drag on our economy.  And, it allows the press to frame Fracking as just another race coming to just another finish line. 


The decision on Fracking should not be just another race.  One way or the other, it will transform our existence. We shouldn’t be panting and sweating over November 29th.  We should be asking our leaders to lead.  Our leader, Governor Cuomo, should be basing his decision on Fracking on our long-term environmental and public health.


Instead of allowing November 29th to become a pivotal point on the most important decision he will ever make as governor, why not just hold off on Fracking for ten years?  During this decade, New Yorkers can see for themselves how Fracking will play out in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale.  If it’s safe, the Fracking industry will have a chance to prove that. 


During this time the governor can show leadership by proving that renewable energy backed up by battery storage, getting the public to practice energy conservation, and creating a smart grid, can solve our energy needs.   The governor just stated “We will lead on climate change”. Let him prove that by not giving in to the fossil fuel industry and the mad rush to create unsustainable jobs.  (Click on my email for feedback)





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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?


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NewsLinks Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]


·         Thousands to Rally Against the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline at the White House Sunday 

·         NATURAL GAS: Fracking fluid isn't likely to migrate from shale wells, geologists say

·         Al Gore: Most Americans Still Agree Climate Change Is Getting Worse 

·         40 Communities Worldwide Organize Actions to Protest Dirty Energy and Highlight Urgent Need to Address Climate Change 

·         The Big Apple's Mayor Makes A Very Scary Video 

·         Candlelight Vigil Against Fracking 

·         Poor planning, climate shifts devastating India's Sundarbans 

·         Rural Stormwater Coalition Promoting: “Slow It Down; Spread It Out; Soak It In”

·         Expiring tax credits for renewables blow an ill wind 

·         Pipelines Explained: How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines? 

·         DEC idling on enforcement 

·         Carbondale Votes Unanimously to Support Statewide Fracking Moratorium 

·         DOH: fracking review coming 

·         Flood of concern over nuclear dump 

·         Key vote tonight in debate over Ontario County landfill 

·         We will lead on climate change  

·          New bridge links three popular trails 

·         The new boom: Shale gas fueling an American industrial revival 

·         Sierra Club says it plans to sue DTE Energy alleging 1,330 Clean Air Act violations 

·         Mixed reviews for US Clean Water Act 

·         Fracking Voices—Pennsylvania Residents Warn New Yorkers About the Dangers of Fracking  Fracking Chemical Disclosure Database Provides New Tool in Fight Against Drilling 

·         More fracking delay possible 

·         League focuses on Lake Ontario 

·         Rubber ducks, balloons on annual list of dangerous toys 

·         Nashville Joins National Campaign for Climate Change Action 

·         Obama Affirms Support for Action on Climate Change

·         Spiritual call to end fracking 

·         Fracking Still Controversial in Europe 

·         Two Thirds of Fossil Fuel Reserves Must Stay Underground to Stabilize Climate | World Wildlife Fund 

·         Nature Abounds Receives Grant 

·         Is Fracking Worth It? NY Elected Officials Say No 

·         Third and Most Successful Season of Hudson River Dredging Ends Today; More Than 1.3 Million Cubic Yards of PCB-Contaminated Sediment Removed Since 2009 Dredging Start

·         UNDP: Doha Talks Could Help Avert Climate Disaster 

·         Ripe for Retirement: The Case for Closing America's Costliest Coal Plants 

·         CHARTS: On Wind Power, China Kicks Our Butt 

·         Quantifying Our Urban Forests 

·         Gov. Andrew Cuomo empowers panel to examine utilities 

·          Study finds lower bromide levels in Mon, but not in Allegheny  

·         The Cleanup Map: Former Crescent Puritan Laundry 

·         Climate change is here, even if election skipped it 

·         Lennon wants Cuomo to imagine no fracking 

·         IEA report exposes frailty and limits of North American oil boom 

·         Uganda High Court Rules in Favor of Plastic Bag Ban 

·         Swept in by a Hurricane, Climate Change Returns to Washington 

·          Material Salvage for Economic Development 

·         Climate change may lead to much warmer NY 

·         Many NY bear cubs too skinny to survive winter 

·         Scenic property over Canandaigua Lake donated for conservation 

·         Stakes high as California opens cap-and-trade market on Wednesday 

·         Weighing The Prospects Of The Keystone XL Pipeline 

·         US military warned to prepare for consequences of climate change 

·         Poor nations dismayed by looming climate aid gap 

·         Fresh Ideas, Innovative Solutions Boost Local Economies 

·         Watertown residents worried about pollution want health study 

·         Is the Recent Recession to Blame for Dirty Texas Air? 



Updates Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.

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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





Award Environmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]