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All Our Energy Forward 2017

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Thursday 12/15/16 @ 7pm
111 West Park Avenue
2nd Floor Auditorium (elevator access available)
Long Beach, New York 11561
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Now is the time, the danger to 40+ years of environmental gains is real, and we can’t allow them to be taken away.
Join and support our grassroots efforts to act on climate change, fight for a renewable energy economy, and protect who and what we love.
Together with you, we will lead the way and meet the challenges to come, head on: socially, environmentally, and politically.
It’s all Interconnected.
Let’s talk about how, let’s talk about 2017, and let’s empower everyone to take action.
The only way is forward, together!

Climate Underlies It All

Climate and the environment are the root of all we do.  Solutions are what we can do NOW.

At All Our Energy, just because we are focused on the solutions: renewable energy and stopping pollution in all forms; whether it be an LNG Port, an unnecessary fossil fuel power plant, or the needless waste of single use plastic bags- doesn’t mean we should forget what drives our actions.
Climate change and the degradation of air, land, and water for human livability is where we spring to action from.

So you want to see what climate change “looks like”?
Earlier this year, the alarming “climate spiral” visualization was released, showing the months of the year represented as a circle, with recorded monthly temperatures added in, over time. It clearly shows the spiral getting larger then dramatically larger, representing higher temperature, as we reach the present.
The original was scary enough, showing the dramatic increase and acceleration in global warming up to the present day. This new projection shows the unprecedented temperature spike we are in now…. and takes us where it leads.

heres a 3-d representation:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cVt6ximM4hE

Here’s a graph that shows “yes, this is how quick (climate change) is happening“.

No one is coming to save us. No magic carbon vacuum is coming that costs less than the immediate “benefits” of fossil fuels. The free market isn’t coming. Its been nearly 30 years since James Hansen sat in front of congress imploring action on climate. Nothing has changed. We can not afford to wait. Maybe, too, we can not afford to be so focused solely on solutions. Maybe this focus on solutions hurts our public awareness by skipping the first step of the discussion: “we have a problem- something must be done- you can continue as part of that problem, or decide to become the solution”.
We need to make that change now. We have no time to wait for polluters and their employees in the field, in their law offices, or in government to “change their mind” or agree to some watered-down version of what needs to be done: a concerted, citizen-powered changeover to 100% renewable energy, with as much transportation, heating and cooking switched to clean, renewable-generated electricity ASAP.

To survive, we must transition to a renewable generated economy that values workers, the environment, local communities and empowers all to take part however they can, to foster that transformation of our society and ensure livability of the planet for future generations. Germany did this and produce more solar than the US in a fraction of the size and the solar resource. Denmark did this and got massive amounts of wind energy (and the leading international wind industry that goes with it).

The good news: we here on Long Island are finally have the potential to lead a massive switch to renewables in the form of our potential 35000 megawatts, (with realistic expectations at about 10,000-15,000) of readily available off shore wind power.
The bad news: this process, without encountering resistance(just elected), technical issues, policy or leadership changes(just changed), or any of a multitude of potential delays, has been decided to take at least 5-7 years, with reality possibly longer. This is only for the first wind farm. Policy has rendered commercial scale off shore wind development for the entire US to merely BEGIN operations in 2022-2025. It could be another 10-20 years after that for full deployment.
This is time we just don’t have. We have much to do now to avoid new fossil fuel and dangerous nuclear from being added, before we can offset any need for them.  tick-tick-tick.

BOEM Off Shore Wind Energy Public Meeting

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold public meetings in June to provide an overview of the Environmental Assessment findings and offer additional opportunities for public comments.

Hofstra University

Date: Tuesday June 21, 2016

Time: 6-8 pm

Where: Hofstra University

Place: MPR Room (Multi Purpose Room)

AD: 900 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, New York 11549

RSVP Here

The process to start Off Shore Wind for Long Island moves forward. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the proposed lease sale for 81,130 acres offshore New York for commercial wind energy leasing. The area is approximately 11 miles south of Long Beach, an area that can support a large-scale commercial wind project.

 

We will advocate for it to be

  • the most environmentally friendly
  • most responsible and responsive
  • most local jobs
  • most committed to soonest operation and long term viability

Get involved in the upcoming BOEM Meeting on June 21, 2016!

Day of Action for Off Shore Wind & Clean Energy

On 5/18/16, All Our Energy and partners staged a rally out front of LIPA’s offices, and then spoke at their board meeting that the time has come for off shore wind!

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Speakers represented the benefits of off shore wind from jobs, to climate benefits, to getting what we pay for in our rates!

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Great work from our team- Matt, K.C., Sam, Karen, and our incredible Speakers- Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island, Peter Gollon from Sierra Club Long Island Group, Lisa Oldendorp from Move On, Olga Filakouris from NYPIRG, Joe Tonini from Sierra Club, Lou Sabbatini from Sierra Club, Sam Caslowitz of All Our Energy, and of course Matt Kearns who emceed the day, and designed the 20 foot tall turbine and plugs signs!

 

 

Press from Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/article/plug-me-long-islanders-take-action-for-renewable-energy-offshore-windpower

 

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more photos:

 

https://www.facebook.com/AllOurEnergy/posts/984340044996327

 

Then we went to the Nassau Clean Energy Standard hearing which had a great turnout and some really great testimony from renewable energy advocates.  I had stopped my testimony to ask how many people supported a bold move into off shore wind… and pretty much the entire room raised their hand in favor of it. 

check our social media for video of the turbine raising!

A very successful day in support of clean energy for LI thanks to YOU and your support and action!!

 

Ready for our 5/18/16 day of Action for Off Shore Wind

In the morning we will be assembling in front of LIPA Headquarters in Uniondale for a demonstration of support for offshore wind for the required new power generation on LI.

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LIPA are meeting tomorrow as they consider new dirty energy plants for the east end right now, or get new power from an off shore wind farm 30 miles off Montauk, coupled with grid-size battery storage, that supplies that power cleanly, reliably, and economically.

We are staging a visual action outside their offices as we raise a 20 foot tall mock wind turbine and giant plugs as we say “Plug Me In to Off Shore Wind” and ask LIPA to lead us into the next generation, not lock us into dirty fuels of the past.  We have hand made signs, placards and stickers from Sierra Club and more for everyone to get their hands on and show their support!

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Join All Our Energy, Long Island Progressive Coalition, NYPIRG, Mothers Out Front, and the Sierra Club for this memorable and newsworthy event.  Then we will go in to LIPA’s board meeting and testify that the time for off shore wind is NOW

 

Then in the evening join us to speak out at the NY State Public Service Commission’s “Clean Energy Standard” (CES) hearing in Mineola to determine the future of clean energy programs in the state. Local community groups including All Our Energy, Long Island Progressive Coalition, NYPIRG, Mothers Out Front, and the Sierra Club, will call on Governor Cuomo to make an enforceable commitment to renewable energy that includes large-scale offshore wind power. By compelling utilities and public energy authorities to purchase a certain amount of renewable power each year, the CES could make the Governors goal of generating 50 percent of New York States electricity from renewables by 2030 a reality!

We urge you to come speak and make sure we get the renewable energy future we deserve. Please bring a printed version of your comments to turn in if you must leave, just to be on the record, or if you have too much to say, but will be brief anyway!

Matt’s Wind Letter Published in Newsday

Our own Matt Kearns’ letter to the editor was published in Newsday.

 

Letter: Shift quickly to wind power offshore

 

The timing couldn’t have been better as we roll out our “Day of Action” for renewables on LI.

Josh Fox LI Film Premiere

The new Josh Fox film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, was moving and powerful.  It was a full house and we met many new friends, Matt Kearns engaged with a powerful talk with fantastic audience participation!
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Check out the tweet from LIPC, which got some major love and some famous retweeters as well!

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Send a Postcard to LIPA for Off Shore Wind

Postcards are available now for you to write and send to the LIPA board!

 

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Let LIPA know you are in favor of off shore wind! We will have these at all events for the public to sign!!!
We have plenty, but they need to get to LIPA ASAP to make an impact and let them know the public supports OSW instead of new fossil fuels!!

Today we told LIPA- its time for renewables!

 

Today we rallied at the Long Island Power Authority Trustee meeting to tell them “Plug Me In To Off Shore Wind!”

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All Our Energy were part of over 100 activists and demonstrators at this week’s LIPA Board meeting.

LIPA Chairman Suozzi asked, and not a single person in the room was against developing off shore wind. I spoke in favor of moving forward with off shore wind right now for the power they need to generate for the South Fork of LI.  For the same price we can have clean energy with battery storage from an off shore wind farm 30 miles from Montauk, or build new fossil fuel power plants and gas pipelines to feed them across the island, including sensitive nature areas.  Why would we not move into the renewable energy future??

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read about it here:

Dozens protest to approve offshore LI wind turbines
VIDEO: Dozens rally for LIPA approval of offshore wind turbines


Plus about the Off Shore Wind Forum from last week in East Hampton
http://mobile.easthamptonstar.com/News/2016324/Swell-Support-Buoys-Wind-Project

 

Forward Long Island Off Shore Wind

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May 27, 2014. Today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, announced it will move forward with a competitive bid process to lease the designated Wind Energy area off Nassau County’s South Shore.

The area, at its smallest point, starts 11 miles off Long Beach, NY. It widens and moves away from that spot, to approximately 19 miles away(see map). This area will be just barely visible from shore on clear days. The turbines should appear shorter and many times less wide than the majority of tanker and cargo ships that continuously sit off Long Beach on any given day.

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Due to multiple inquiries of interest to develop the wind farm, BOEM has opened up the area for competitive bidding and is seeking public input on two issues that may impact future wind development offshore New York:

1) a liquefied natural gas facility that has now been proposed to be located in this same area which had already been designated for wind power

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2) existing commercial and recreational fishing activity in and around the region.

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In editorial response to these issues, All Our Energy are already on record AGAINST the LNG port for a multitude of reasons. You can find that information here : Stop the LNG Port Off Our Shore from June 2013.

As far as affecting commercial and recreational fishing, check out New Jersey’s “Fisherman’s Energy“, a consortium of fishing interests trying to be the people to bring offshore wind to New Jersey (and may very well bid on this project ). They believe it is not only a “cash crop” for fisherman and right for the future of our energy generation, it would also help fishing as it creates an artificial reef that provides fish with habitat to foster greater abundance of fish. They say :”Fishermen’s Energy is a developer of offshore wind energy projects, founded by New Jersey commercial fishermen to respond to the public’s need to develop the ocean for renewable wind energy. Fishermen’s goal is to turn Atlantic coastal waters into an unmatched source of clean energy, while maintaining a vibrant commercial fishing industry.”

You can leave your comments for BOEM by clicking on this link

We believe properly sited, with environmental best practices used, through companies committed for the long term, with long term price assurances, this will be the best thing to happen to assure Long Island’s clean energy future.