RENewsletter | January 30, 2011


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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?


Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan


Opening Salvo | NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Events | Environmental Site of the Month | Take Action |


* The January 2011 Site of the Month Award goes to Allens Creek Corbett's Glen Preservation Group

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Opening Salvo:  “State of the Union Address and Rochester, NY‘s environment”


Several prominent environmental writers noted President Obama’s neglect to mention the world-wide crisis of Climate Change in his State of the Union Address


Obama Ducks and Covers on Climate “The “C-word,” climate, appears to have become to the Beltway what the “P-word,” population, has been in climate treaty negotiations for a long time — unmentionable.  It’s one thing to cave to a wave of naysaying climate rhetoric and build a new American energy conversation on points of agreement rather than clear ideological flash points like global warming.” Andrew Revkin ( 1/26/2011) New York Times.


Obama was wrong not to mention climate change in his State of the Union | Grist “In his 2009 State of the Union-esque speech, Obama spoke of "saving our planet from the ravages of climate change." In his 2010 SOTU, he affirmed the "overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change." In 2011, fresh off the hottest year on record, Obama said ... nothing about climate change. It didn't come up. This is a failure on Obama's part. A moral failure, a failure of leadership, but also, I would argue, a political failure.” David Roberts (1/26/2011) Grist


While this omission may comfort those who think there are more important, or more immediate matters for our country to consider (or just don’t believe in physics), our planet is still going to warm up.  And, despite Obama’s back-peddling on his promise to address Climate Change our Rochester, NY region is going to change: how Climate Change will impact the Rochester, New York area.


Despite what voters might think, our public officials will be held accountable for not addressing Climate Change because they are the ones in a position to be held accountable.  That’s their job: a public servant’s purpose is to protect the public.  They do not have the luxury of ignoring or pushing it aside because Climate Change is the environmental issue that connects all environmental issues.  Water quality, air quality, pollution, energy, transportation, invasive species, biodiversity, and you-name-it will all be affected by the extreme weather events and other complications due to Climate Change.  Just like when your streets don’t get quickly plowed in a snowstorm, you’re going to blame your public officials for not having addressed Climate Change—even if you voted for tax cuts over getting the job done. 


Trust me, when things get dicey you won’t care if you didn’t believe in Climate Change and did your darnedest to vote against anyone who mentioned the word.  You won’t care if you sat and listened to all those pundits in Washington who told you Climate Change was a bunch of hogwash and don’t let those crazy liberals spend a cent on preparing or informing the public on it.  You won’t care because you’ll be too angry at your public officials who didn’t act in your behalf and too busy trying to keep everything you held precious from being destroyed by a world heating up.  Here’s a statement by our top climate scientist James A. Hansen: "Climate change is likely to be the predominant scientific, economic, political and moral issue of the 21st century.  The fate of humanity and nature may depend upon early recognition and understanding of human-made effects on Earth's climate (Hansen, 2009)" Paleoclimate Implications for Human-Made Climate Change


Sadly and profoundly tragic, we are living in a world where there is little accountability anymore.  Lie us into a war, and we’ll only hold those trying to fix it accountable.  Destroy our economy by gaming the housing market, and we’ll only hold the public who do their job day in and day out accountable by confiscating their future.  Forsake the planet for your own political and industrial gain, and you’ll get showered with money and fame beyond all measure.  But there’s one entity that holds all accountable for violating her rules—Mother Earth.  (Click on my email for feedback)




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


·         Pa. fracking blowout spews fluid onto state forest lands | | Press & Sun-Bulletin

·         The Canadian Press: Obama's Asian carp director says government moving quickly as possible to protect Great Lakes

·         $250 million in funding for renewable energy projects

·         Dog park in Ellison Park a possibility by summer - Webster, NY - Webster Post

·         01/28/2011: EPA to Hold Five Listening Sessions on Updating the Clean Air Act’s Pollution Standards for Power Plants, Refineries/ Sessions seek input to design common-sense, cost-effective greenhouse gas standards for largest polluters

·         Great Lakes are not healthy

·         Congressional hearing on high-speed rail held in NYC

·         Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated - ProPublica

·         Study looks to correct 'sad history of invasives' | | Green Bay Press Gazette

·         Anti-gas drilling movie about Marcellus shale wins Oscar nomination |

·         Obama speech expected to freeze spending on the environment

·         Brockport company to accept electronic waste | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information

·         County panels OK pact with Riga on landfill  

·          Communities face pros, cons of wind projects - Utica, NY - The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York

·         Pollutants found in Lake Erie fish

·         Keeping small-scale wind energy alive - Business - The Buffalo News

·         EPA, DOT and California Align Timeframe for Proposing Standards for Next Generation of Clean Cars

·         State offers $250M for renewable energy projects | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information

·         Nuclear shipment decision delayed - The Sarnia Observer - Ontario, CA

·         DEC plan may expand gas drilling in state forests | | Press & Sun-Bulletin

·         DiNapoli joins push for disclosure from gas companies | | Press & Sun-Bulletin



UpdatesDaily 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.]





EventsRochester 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.


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ActionTake 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. 





AwardEnvironmental 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.]


The January 2011 Site of the Month Award goes to Allens Creek Corbett's Glen Preservation Group This group represents the best of local environmental website because it demonstrates what a community focused on their local environment can do to get involved and preserve and protect it.  It’s much harder for irresponsible developers to grind up what precious little we have of natural open space near our urban areas when groups like these are on the job. If you live in a community needing to have the interests of its environment protected, check out this site and learn from them.



Allens Creek Corbett's Glen Preservation Group“The ACCGPG is a 501c(3) not-for-profit grassroots organization that was founded in 1994 in response to development pressures on the environmentally-sensitive lands in the Allens Creek Valley, located just outside of Rochester, NY, in the towns of Brighton and Penfield. The ACCGPG strives to protect these lands (especially Corbett’s Glen Nature Park) from adjacent development by working towards expansion of the park borders through conservation easements and land acquisition, and by actively participating in governmental regulation of proposed development in the area.”