17 Dec

It is time to strengthen our NYS Fracking Ban

5 years ago today, Governor Cuomo announced a statewide fracking ban citing significant public health risks, yet we’ve continued to accept and improperly dispose of toxic fracking waste from other states. Not healthy. We’ve also expanded our gas infrastructure and missed critical opportunities to accelerate renewables in NYS.

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In 2020, we can…

  1. Close the “fracking waste loophole”!
    That means passing the Uniform Treatment of Waste bill,
    which passed the Senate this year and is near the finish line the Assembly. Thank you Assemblyman Steve Englebright and NYS Senator Rachel May.
    https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/a2655
  2. Make the fracking ban a New York State law!
    It’s currently just a regulation, which can more easily change under a new governor. Senator Jen Metzger has now introduced a new bill that codifies the fracking ban into State law and expands it to include gelled propane fracking.
    https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S6906
  3. Pass additional laws to shift our energy system away from fossil fuel and give New Yorkers better access to the affordable renewables they seek.
    This is good planning. This is good business. A strong economy depends on a healthy environment and healthy people. If you want to be part of this exciting movement in 2020, let us know. We will be in touch in the coming year.
 
21 Nov

Making the Business Case for Health Reform

An evening with Wendell Potter
Monday, November 25, 2019
6:30–8pm
Good Work Greenhouse
65 St. James St, Kingston
Out of control health care costs are hurting our business community. Companies large and small can no longer afford the annual double-digit cost increases. Each year, our businesses and our employees pay more for less care. The employer-based health insurance system is unsustainable and it’s holding back a whole new generation of entrepreneurs.
 

[ Business for Medicare for All ]This event is hosted by Business for Medicare for All, a new independent and non-partisan business organization making the economic case for reforming our broken health care system. The organization is growing fast and now has nearly 3,000 members across the country.Join Wendell Potter, a former Cigna insurance executive turned health care reform whistleblower, to hear more about the organization and how you can harness your voice as a business leader, CEO, entrepreneur, or sole proprietor in support of creating a health care system that works for businesses and employees. 

Potter, the president of Business for Medicare for All, will also reveal the propaganda techniques and talking points that the insurance and pharmaceutical companies will deploy to stop proposals like Medicare for All. After the presentation, Potter will engage in a Q&A and discussion on how to mobilize other businesses in your community.  

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
 

About Wendell Potter
Wendell Potter - Montrose Street - cropped.jpgPotter has been called the “Daniel Ellsberg of corporate America” by Michael Moore and “a straight shooter” by Bill Moyers. After resigning from his job as the vice-president of corporate communications at Cigna in 2008, Potter became a single-payer advocate and activist. He testified before the U.S. Congress in 2009 on tactics used by the health insurance industry to advocate against healthcare reform. He’s the author of several books, including 2009’s “Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.” He lives in Philadelphia.About Business for Medicare for All
Business for Medicare for All is a national 501c3 non-profit organization that is educating and organizing the business community in support of fixing our broken health care system. Founded in 2019 by Richard Master, the CEO of MCS Industries in Easton, PA, and Wendell Potter, a former health insurance executive turned whistleblower, the organization now represents nearly 3,000  business leaders in 49 states. Learn more: www.businessformedicareforall.org
21 Jun

WIN: NYS Legislature Passes Most Ambitious Climate Legislation in US

The NYS legislature has passed the most ambitious climate legislation in the US including such goals as carbon-free electricity by 2040 and a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

To meet the goals of this bill, New Yorkers will need to step up in renewable and efficiency projects. We cannot let our state fall short of the stated targets for lack of will, and we must look first to our capable NYS businesses if we want to create jobs and strengthen our economy.

Congrats to all in the fight!

To learn more, this Vox article has a decent analysis: New York just passed the most ambitious climate target in the country
 
04 Jun

WIN: With Bipartisan Support, Senate Passes Uniform Treatment of Waste Bill

Great news for all New Yorkers! The fracking waste loophole is finally beginning to close. The “Uniform Treatment of Waste” bill just passed the NYS Senate (with bipartisan support) for the first time since its introduction back in 2011! NYSBC has been supporting this for years.
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s3392

If it passes the Assembly and is signed into law by our Governor, then any fracking waste entering NYS from PA or elsewhere would have to be labeled “Hazardous” …finally!

Currently, due to a federal exemption, the fossil fuel industry does not have to disclose what’s in their proprietary fracking formulae, and they have been disposing of their waste in NYS’s municipal landfills and water treatment plants, which are clearly not equipped to treat the unknown hazards. We’ve been slowly poisoning our environment and ourselves with fracking waste from other states. This is unconscionable.

The uniform treat of waste bill received support from Republicans as well as Democrats, as well it should. Let’s not forget that disclosure is key to capitalism. You can’t vote with your dollar without knowing what you’re voting for, so we need transparency from businesses just as we need it from our government.

This is not a final solution, but it is a huge step in the right direction. We are not banning fracking waste. We are not requiring disclosure of their formulae. If signed into law, this bill would simply require that the waste be labeled “hazardous” and therefore transported as hazardous waste and disposed of as hazardous waste. We will update you here when this bill needs your support. Let’s see this through!

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23 May

Energy Democracy Advocacy Day

[ New York Energy Democracy Alliance ]On Wednesday, May 29th, NYSBC and other members of the Energy Democracy Alliance (EDA) will be hosting a gathering in Albany, NY to advocate for a resilient, localized, and democratically controlled clean energy economy in New York State—the unifying purpose of the 25 member organizations of the EDA. We see tremendous potential this year, so we are pooling our efforts around this one powerful day in Albany.  We hope you can join us!
 
  • 10am — Orientation
    • Energy Efficiency policy overview
    • Renewable Energy policy overview
    • How to advocate
    • Developing your personal story for Energy Democracy
  • 12pm — Lunch Break
    • Healthy food provided by the EDA
    • Small group discussions
  • 1pm — Legislative Meetings
    • Facilitated meetings with legislative offices
  • 3pm — Report Backs & Debrief
Your voice is critical. As outlined above, we will learn about relevant policies and hone our personal stories before meeting with legislative offices to present our case. Each of us brings an important story to these meetings, and this will be your opportunity to convey your story to the very people who make the laws in New York State.

We are finalizing a shortlist of bills that have the best chance to further our goals for energy democracy.  In the energy efficiency arena, we are working on a bill that would codify the state’s energy efficiency standard with a focus on environmental health and would mandate equitable building energy efficiency work and jobs training.  On the renewable energy front, we are evaluating several bills that aim to increase solar energy and make solar energy more equitable.  To address the broader and more long term impacts, we will be advocating for the Climate & Community Protection Act (CCPA), which would rapidly transition the state’s economy off of fossil fuels, invest 40% of the state’s climate fund into low-income communities and communities of color, and set high wage standards to make green jobs good jobs. 

Do these issues resonate with you?  If so, we hope you can join us in this important fight.  Please RSVP and we will hold a seat at the table for you.
 

As many of you know from our previous email, we will be in Albany Tuesday through Thursday of next week.  If you wish to lend your support on any or all of those days, please follow the links below for details, RSVP, and share with others.

Your business voice is critical to this advocacy work.  Together, we bring a much needed counter narrative to debates dominated by the largest profit-driven corporations that claim to represent businesses—including yours.  NYSBC can help you explore how you and your business relate to the above issues and hone your story to have the deepest impact.