From the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, a New York-based eco-group, today:



Fremont Center, NY—On Friday May 30, members of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy will travel to Albany to submit over 20,000 letters to NYSERDA commenting on New York State’s draft Energy Plan. In all, concerned organizations will submit about 50,000 letters and petition signatures, all sharply critical of a plan that relies heavily on fossil fuels (including fracked gas) and that fails to recognize the urgent need to develop renewable energy.



 



Catskill Citizens member Jill Wiener said, “Instead of leading us to a sustainable future, this business-as-usual Energy Plan encourages the consumption of dirty fossil fuels that will harm our health, degrade our air and water, and exacerbate climate change.”



 



“It is clearly impossible for New York to achieve its purported target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent with this Plan,” said Keith Schue, who helped Catskill Citizens review the draft plan. “Rather than condemning our state to a future stuck in the past, we urge Governor Cuomo to reject this flawed document and demand that NYSERDA put forth a real plan for making the necessary and bold shift to renewable energy generated right here in the great state of New York.”



 



Mr. Schue and Ms. Wiener will join representatives from New Yorkers Against Fracking, Sustainable Otsego and other organizations for a press conference before delivering the 50,000 public comments to NYSERDA.



 



For further information contact info@catskillcitizens.org or (845) 468-7063.