Category Archives: Energy

Taking Action Against Climate Change
Bomb is Only Human Nature

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Some time tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 20, environmental writer Bill McKibben, along with a group of regular U.S. citizens, will head to the White House to begin a two-week action of civil disobedience.  The protest is designed to help persuade President Barack Obama to say no to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver…

No Wind Power on State Land?

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The MidHudsonNews.Com reported this week that the Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the State Department of Environmental Conservation seeking to declare hydrofracking in state forests contrary to the state Constitution and related environmental laws. Article XIV, Conservation, Section 1 of the New York State Constitution begins: Section 1.  The lands…

Hudson Valley Homeowner? You’re Eligible For Free Solar!

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Spring is here in the Hudson Valley, and that means transitioning from folding drying racks that use your household heat (and help keep the winter air from becoming too dry) to your outdoor clothesline. Hanging clothes on a sunny day with a light breeze can be a truly meditative experience. There really is no excuse…

Cary Institute presents briefing on President’s Deepwater Spill Commission

Frances Bernecke, president of National Resources Defense Council

The arctic ice is melting? Good news! So much easier to drill, drill, drill. The international oil industry is foaming at the mouth to get in there and, to borrow a favorite phrase of our Driller in Chief, “Make no mistake” they/we will be drilling in the arctic sooner rather than later. That was one…

Indian Point Nuclear Plant and Earthquakes

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant photo by Tony the Misfit

Entergy says Indian Point is safe from earthquakes. Presumably the folks who built the nuclear plants in Japan, a country known for heavy seismic activity, took a few engineering precautions as well. While the odds of an earthquake in the Hudson Valley are low, they are higher than previously thought, particularly right where Indian Point…

Wind Turbines on the Fishkill Ridge and the Gunks

A wind operation in Clinton County, NY

A representative from Windpower Unlimited will be speaking at the Beacon Sloop Club’s monthly meeting this Friday at 7:30. Windpower Unlimited is reaching out to environmental organizations and the public to support the idea of leasing State lands to generate wind power. He is scheduled to speak about 8:00. Pot-luck dinner at 6:30. Most people…

Riverkeeper and Clearwater File
Against Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Indian Point spent nuclear fuel

HUDSON VALLEY, NY – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Riverkeeper jointly filed a new legal challenge on January 24, 2011 with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (“Board”) seeking to compel the NRC to assess the environmental impacts and safety concerns of indefinitely storing toxic nuclear waste on the banks of…

Fracking at Stewart
State Forest?

Jan 11 press release from the Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition (SPARC) The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wants the right to lease our public lands, namely 441 state forests throughout New York State, totaling 786,329 acres, to gas drilling companies for extraction of gas by shale fracturing or ‘fracking‘.  They are also willing…