February 2016 Federal Stay on Clean Power Press Event & "Die-In"



Local Community Leaders to Urge Governor Cuomo to Maintain Progress Toward Clean Power

Buffalo, NY – On Thursday, February 18, 2016 (TODAY) community leaders with PUSH Buffalo will gather for a press conference and dramatic “climate die-in” outside of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of NY, 2 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202 as part of a national day of action. The purpose of the gathering is to send a message to the federal court system and to pressure Governor Cuomo and state energy leaders to continue working toward New York State’s clean energy requirements under the Clean Power Plan. Last week, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay of the Clean Power Plan, the national initiative to reduce pollution from power plants and catalyze the transition to a clean energy economy. While this decision temporarily halts federal enforcement of the landmark initiative, it does nothing to stop climate change and pollution in communities across New York State. It also does nothing to prevent states from continuing to cut emissions and plan for the eventual implementation of a just, equitable system to build a clean energy future that works for everyone, especially people of color and low-income people.

“Governor Cuomo and leadership in the Department of Environmental Conservation and NYSERDA need to double down on their commitment to advancing an accessible and just Clean Power Plan process as a direct response to recent actions taken by the Supreme Court. Climate change is urgent, so New York State cannot wait for the Supreme Court and Congress to move forward with the Clean Power Plan,” said John Washington of PUSH Buffalo. “Climate change and toxic carbon emissions affect us all, but they have not affected us all equally.  Low income communities and communities of color are paying a deadly price for carbon pollution. Our communities are more likely to live in the shadow of a power plant or a dirty factory, more likely to suffer from pollution-related diseases like asthma, and historically we’ve been the last to get access to weatherization, renewable energy, and living wage jobs in these industries. The Clean Power Plan must protect and invest in low income communities and communities of color who’ve been left to bear the brunt of pollution for too long. This won’t won’t happen unless the Governor and the state’s energy leadership take bold action to include our communities in this process and prioritize equity in the final CPP State Implementation Plan.”

Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, "The Clean Power Plan should be upheld and I thank PUSH Buffalo for their advocacy. I have been a strong supporter of clean renewable energy during my time in the Assembly because I know that we must work tirelessly to combat climate change here in New York and across the country. Governor Cuomo has noted that New York is leading by example, and I thank the Governor for his efforts to combat climate change. The future of our state and the entire world will depend on our commitment to clean renewable energy. If we make the investments today, we will have a cleaner and greener planet in the future."

Who: PUSH Buffalo

What: Press conference and dramatic “climate die-in”

When: 11:30am, TODAY Thursday, February 18, 2016  

Where: U.S. District Court for the Western District of NY, 2 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202

Social Media: Follow @pushbuffalo, #ClimateCantWait