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Statement regarding Ulster County Exec Mike Hein’s opposition to proposed Glidepath power station

Riverkeeper fully supports Ulster County Executive Mike Hein’s call to suspend Glidepath’s proposed Lincoln Park gas-fueled electric power plant in the Town of Ulster and to restructure state and federal economic incentives and policy to facilitate clean energy storage and generation projects. Several studies, including a 2017 report by Synapse Energy Economics and an updated 2018 prediction of demand by the New York grid operator, show reduced demand for electricity due to energy efficiency. New renewable capacity and energy efficiency will maintain grid reliability, with more than sufficient available power. […]

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Statement regarding Gov. Cuomo’s proposed rule to curb greenhouse gas emissions produced by the state’s energy plants

Statement from Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay: “Riverkeeper applauds Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation on their draft rule to curb greenhouse gases in New York by shutting down the state’s dirtiest fossil-fuel energy plants. By placing stringent emissions standards on existing plants, this rule will help the state reach its goal of reducing energy-sector emissions by 50 percent by 2030 while assuring safe and affordable power for New York’s residents and businesses. Importantly, eliminating coal plants not only limits greenhouse gas emissions, it also eliminates air […]

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Riverkeeper statement on Governor Cuomo’s proposed “Save Our Waters” legislation

Below is a statement from Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement today to introduce legislation to prohibit the leasing of lands — including underwater lands — for offshore drilling and exploration in New York State waters. “Riverkeeper thanks Governor Cuomo and members of the legislature for standing against this misguided federal proposal. Simply put, the risks from oil drilling are too great for New Yorkers to accept. Evidence shows that if a spill were to occur, little, if any oil would be recovered, leading to lasting impacts on coastal ecosystems across the Northeast. […]

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NYers demand Cuomo set strong energy efficiency target by Earth Day

  ALBANY, NY – More than 8,000 citizen petitions were delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office today, urging him to launch a comprehensive, equitable, and ambitious energy efficiency initiative for New York. The petitions were delivered to the governor’s office following a news conference where speakers representing utility customers, homeowners, environmental advocates, and energy efficiency businesses stressed the importance of a strong state energy-savings target to improve public health, lower energy bills, create local jobs, and avoid the pollution that causes climate change. Cuomo has promised by Earth Day (April […]

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“Bad actor.” Read Riverkeeper’s letter to DEC regarding CPV power plant permits

March 9, 2018 Via electronic mail Basil Seggos, Commissioner New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 625 Broadway, 14th Floor Albany, NY 12233-1010 Steve Flint, Division of Air Resources Director New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 625 Broadway, 9th Floor Albany, NY 12233-3250 Re: Grounds for modification, suspension or revocation of CPV Valley Energy Center air permit (Permit ID: 3-3356-00136/00001) Dear Commissioner Seggos and Mr. Flint: I am writing on behalf of Riverkeeper, Inc.—a nonprofit public interest environmental membership organization dedicated to protecting the commercial, recreational, ecological and aesthetic […]

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Riverkeeper welcomes Governor Cuomo’s plan to “go bigger” on clean energy

Riverkeeper welcomes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed initiatives to go further than ever before in establishing the Empire State as a national leader in clean energy and reducing our reliance on fossil fuel-generated power.

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Riverkeeper joins New York Offshore Wind Alliance

More than 2 dozen environmental, business, labor, developer, and community organizations are members.  New industries, thousands of well paying jobs will be created if NY becomes national offshore wind leader while protecting the marine environment. Albany, N.Y. – The New York Offshore Wind Alliance today announced that the nationally prominent environmental group Riverkeeper, which formed 50 years ago to protect the Hudson River, has joined the Alliance and the more than two dozen leading environmental, business, labor, wind industry and community organizations supporting New York State’s effort to become the national […]

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Riverkeeper responds to Trump announcement on Paris climate accords

In response to today’s announcement by President Trump, Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay said: “President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords makes the U.S. one of the few countries on Earth to altogether dismiss the need for aggressive action on climate change. While the withdrawal has global implications, it will hit us especially hard here at home. New York’s thousands of miles of coastline are already threatened by sea level rise, and the safety of the drinking water for more than 9 million New Yorkers will be […]

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Riverkeeper responds to the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan

For immediate release: March 28, 2017 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director [email protected]; 914-478-4501, ext. 239 OSSINING, NY — Riverkeeper issues this statement from its President, Paul Gallay, in response to President Donald Trump’s plan to scrap carbon emissions regulations from fossil-fuel burning electricity plants — particularly those that burn coal: “The President’s decision to strip the Clean Power Plan is a huge step in the wrong direction for our environment. Global warming is an indisputable fact based on peer-reviewed science. Fortunately, New York has clean energy initiatives in place which can take the […]

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