Green New Deal rally seeks Del­gado’s sup­port

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff and Wire Re­ports

Stu­dents, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and con­cerned res­i­dents gath­ered at U.S. Rep. An­to­nio De­galdo’s of­fice on Fri­day morn­ing to urge him to sup­port moves to counter cli­mate change.

The event was or­ga­nized by Food & Wa­ter Watch, the New York Pub­lic In­ter­est Re­search Group and SUNY New Paltz stu­dents.

The ac­tivists de­manded that Del­gado, D-Rhinebeck, work to stop all new fos­sil fuel projects, tran­si­tion elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion to 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy by 2035, and en­sure a just tran­si­tion to a clean, re­new­able en­ergy econ­omy. At least six se­na­tors run­ning for pres­i­dent or con­sid­er­ing White House bids backed the Green New Deal put forth by fresh­man Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sioCortez of New York and vet­eran Sen. Ed Markey of Mas­sachusetts.

“The Hud­son Val­ley is the heart of en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism in our coun­try,” said Nick Leone, vice pres­i­dent of the lo­cal chap­ter of NYPIRG. “If Del­gado wants to truly rep­re­sent his con­stituents, he will come out strong in the fight against cli­mate change by sup­port­ing a ‘Green New Deal,’ and us­ing his power to ban the ex­pan­sion of all fos­sil fuel in­fra­struc­ture in the Hud­son Val­ley, in­clud­ing the Dan­skam­mer and Cricket Val­ley fracked gas plants.”

En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists have ex­pressed op­po­si­tion to pro­posed up­grades to the Dan­skam­mer power plant in the town of New­burgh that would al­low it to burn fracked gas to gen­er­ate en­ergy. The Cricket Val­ley En­ergy Cen­ter is a nat­u­ral gas­fired plant be­ing con­structed in the town of Dover Plains. It was the sub­ject of a protest last month that re­sulted in four ar­rests.

Fri­day’s event came one day af­ter Democrats launched a sweep­ing plan to trans­form the U.S. econ­omy to com­bat cli­mate change and cre­ate thou­sands of jobs in re­new­able en­ergy

“Con­gress­man Del­gado must cham­pion a real Green New Deal that moves the na­tion off fos­sil fu­els,” said Food & Wa­ter Watch or­ga­nizer San­tosh Nand­a­balan. “The cli­mate emer­gency de­mands more than just pledg­ing agree­ment with a slo­gan. The con­gress­man’s in­stinct to fo­cus on green jobs is a start, but if he’s se­ri­ous about any kind of green jobs pro­gram, Del­gado must op­pose all dan­ger­ous fos­sil fuel proj-

ects, start­ing with the pro­posed Dan­skam­mer plant here in the Hud­son Val­ley.”

Among those at­tend­ing Fri­day’s event was Kristin Misik, a lo­cal res­i­dent and mother. “The is­sue of cli­mate change su­per­sedes all other is­sues fac­ing Amer­i­cans,” she said. “With­out a hab­it­able planet, what else could pos­si­bly mat­ter?

I came to my Con­gress mem­ber’s of­fice to en­sure there is clean air and wa­ter for my kids and my fam­ily.”

Many en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cates and politi­cians have ex­pressed vary­ing de­grees of sup­port for the Green New Deal con­cept. Early this year, more than 600 ad­vo­cacy groups from across the coun­try sent a let­ter to mem­bers of Con­gress de­tail­ing the spe­cific en­vi­ron­men­tal prin­ci­ples that must be in­cluded to ad­dress cli­mate change.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Sup­port­ers of a Green New Deal had musical ac­com­pa­ni­ment dur­ing Fri­day’s rally in Kingston, N.Y.

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