Stories Blog

  • NY - OP ED: State must end fossil fuel dependency

    Posted by · May 24, 2019 8:41 AM

    Johanna Fallert, Dutchess County Mothers Out Front Team Leader, uses her mom voice to remind us that pollution can cross state lines. 

    I was born and raised in New Haven and my family and friends reside in Connecticut. Although I live in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., I care about what happens in Connecticut. I now live in Dutchess County, N.Y., where the 1,100 megawatt Cricket Valley Energy Center located in Dover, to be completed by January 2020, will be emitting some 3.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, every year for the next 30 to 40 years of its natural life cycle. The people of western Connecticut are downwind and just a few miles away.

    Please contact the governor of Connecticut and ask him to do more to protect us, and to lead the way toward investments in renewable energy sources — wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal — that don’t harm people or our environment. We have many solutions at our disposal, but the commitment and investments needed to end dependency on fossil fuel is not. The fossil fuel industry has seen to that through its deception and its lobbying influence.

    Read the whole letter here:

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  • NY - PRESS RELEASE: Energy Efficiency advocates issue midterm report card

    Posted by · May 23, 2019 4:41 PM

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 22, 2019

    Contacts:

    Rochester: Neely Kelley, [email protected] 585 451 9875

    Buffalo: Clarke Gocker: [email protected], (716) 884-0356 ext. 230


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    Community Groups and Renewable Energy Advocates from Across New York State Issue “Midterm Report Card” for Energy Efficiency at Forum in Rochester

    Regulatory Agencies Get a “D” for Failing to Secure Equitable Energy Efficiency Policy

    Rochester, NY - Today in Rochester, community groups and renewable energy advocates gathered and held a press conference at the Low Income Forum on Energy, hosted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and NYSERDA (the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority). The advocates came bearing a “Midterm Report Card on Energy Efficiency,” calling attention to the agencies’ failure to create a process that guarantees real accountability and benefits for low income New Yorkers - the full report card can be found HERE. Today's press conference in Rochester is just the first event in a statewide series; communities and advocates all over New York are calling on NYSERDA and the PSC to make the promises and potential of Governor Cuomo's efficiency policies a reality for low income communities and communities of color across the state.

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  • MA - Accelerated gas leak repair campaign shows power of community advocacy, need for continued accountability

    Posted by · May 22, 2019 8:17 PM

    This opinion piece by Jesse Lederman is a nice tribute to the power of community organizing. 

    With the support of a coalition of organizations like the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Arise for Social Justice, Mother’s Out Front, and the statewide watchdog group HEET, we worked to bring the gas company together with local officials and community members, and in 2017 were able to announce a deal to repair these leaks over time, with a concerted focus on the largest leaks first. The announcement was the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

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  • NY - After NYC gas pipeline blocked, what's future of Albany Loop?

    Posted by · May 22, 2019 7:38 AM

    The Albany Times Union reached out to NYS Mothers Our Front Capital Region team for a reaction to the Williams Pipeline Water Quality permit denial and how that denial will impact the proposed E37 Albany Pipeline loop that is slated to begin its construction by the end of this summer. The newly formed Albany Mothers Out Front team is rapidly working on a strategic plan to oppose this pipeline. 

     

    Mothers Out Front is another local group that ties the expansion of natural gas pipelines to climate change.

    Mothers Out Front in the Capital Region feels this decision on the Williams pipeline highlights the dangers the proposed E37 Albany Pipeline loop will have on the Hudson riverbed and surrounding communities if approved by the PSC," said local Mothers Out Front organizer Megan Root. "Similar to the Williams pipeline, National Grid has failed to present reliability and resiliency need for the E37 Albany Loop Pipeline to the communities it will serve.

     

    Read the whole article here:

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  • CO - Denver gathering for Paris To Pittsburgh - May 15th

    Posted by · May 21, 2019 8:56 PM

    On Wednesday, May 15th Mothers Out Front held a screening of the National Geographic film "Paris to Pittsburgh" at The Alliance Center in Denver. We co-hosted this special Mother's Day screening with Colorado Moms Know Best and Moms Clean Air Force - Colorado.

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    Our program opened with a moving update from Patricia Nelson, a Greeley native and mother of Diego, a student at Bella Romero Academy, where the construction of a 24 oil well pad site has been approved, 686 ft from the playground. She is the parent plaintiff in a case against the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for the approval of the permits. The case is currently working its way through the court system, having been heard the day before in Denver. The very engaged crowd stayed for the duration of the film and many stayed to share their reactions and participate in a lively discussion after the film led by President of Western Resource Advocates, Jon Goldin-Dubois.

    Goldin-Dubois suggested a number of areas where we could focus our efforts over the coming months: monitoring the action of government commissions such as the 1) the Public Utilities Commission, 2) the Air Quality Control Commission, 3) Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commissions rule making and implementation processes on the recently passed bill (SB19-181) to provide reasonable protections to the public regarding oil and gas operations. He also suggested mobilizing support and awareness ahead of additional clean energy legislation expected in 2020 and pushing our local governments to convert to renewables. We left the evening with a number of highly engaged (and enraged) contacts who want to escalate their advocacy with Mothers Out Front!



  • NY - WIN! VIDEO - Former Cayuga Power Plant to Become a Data Center

    Posted by · May 18, 2019 9:26 AM

    The power of mothers turns a potential "natural" gas plant into a DATA CENTER!

    The Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing has announced some major changes to its operation. The Cayuga Power plant is looking to move away from re-powering with natural gas, but instead going in a whole different direction....

    "Our strength is really tremendous in influencing decision makers. And so to see that the work we have been doing has really made a really noticeable difference is really empowering and really exciting," says Nora Brown, Activist with Mothers Out Front. 

     

    Watch the video news report here:

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  • MA - Chasing Gov. Baker, DEP Hearing and Press Conference

    Posted by · May 17, 2019 5:12 PM

    Wednesday, May 15th:

    MothersOutFront was busy today!! We started out trying to talk to the Governor at the Green Ribbon Commission meeting but were asked to leave the premises.

     

    Kristine Jelstrup (author and photographer), Pattie Heyman, Amber Martin, Jaclyn Secter, and Ellen Van Bever 

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  • NY - BIG win for Mothers Out Front NY - REAL CAYUGA POWER

    Posted by · May 17, 2019 1:31 PM

    Mothers Out Front just achieved our first BIG victory against gas expansion in NY when we learned this week that the plan to convert the Cayuga Power Plant from coal to gas has been abandoned in favor of a new plan to build a data center and solar farm and battery storage!


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    "Real Cayuga Power" Artwork by Annie Campbell

     

    This comes after a year-long campaign where Mothers Out Front was the organization leading the organizing effort from day one sending a clear message to the gas industry and elected officials that we would not tolerate gas expansion in Tompkins County. Our campaign partners, Fossil Free Tompkins, FracTracker Alliance, Dr. Sandra Steingraber formed the "No Fracked Gas Cayuga" campaign when we we learned of Cayuga's proposal to convert from coal to gas - said gas to be delivered by compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks (so-called bomb trucks).

     

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  • MA - Activists air opposition to station

    Posted by · May 17, 2019 8:34 AM

    DEP officials began a three-day hearing on the appeal Wednesday, where dozens of community members, experts and officials are expected to speak. Mothers Out Front is not a party in the appeal, but leader Carol Chamberlain said members decided to hold their press conference with other advocacy groups to help raise attention around the issue and put pressure on Gov. Charlie Baker to intervene and revoke the permit.

    "We're hoping it will be synergistic by proceeding on different fronts," Chamberlain said.



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  • MA - Compressor station Fight Heads to Beacon Hill

    Posted by · May 17, 2019 7:48 AM

    After a report released by the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility calling out health risks of the proposed Weymouth Compressor Station, mothers and others rallied!

    Members of the citizens group and the action group Mothers Out Front gathered outside the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Boston office to warn of the health and safety threats they say the compressor station would bring to the Fore River basin.

    “Governor Baker, do the right thing,” Amy Tai of Mothers Out Front said. “Do the moral thing. Listen to the scientists, doctors, elected leaders, boards of health, first responders and residents of the commonwealth. Rescind this permit. Stop this project.”

    Read the whole article here:

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