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November 7, 2012

Energy changes can help fight fracking

Energy changes can help fight fracking

There are many ways to show your opposition to shale-gas development. And sometimes doing the right thing costs less, too.

Check how much you pay per kilowatt-hour. If you are a NYSEG customer, consider switching your electricity provider to Energy Cooperative of America — Renewables. By switching, you will create market demand for cleaner energy; encourage developers to build more renewable generation facilities in New York state; and send a strong message to Albany that Southern Tier residents support clean energy and do not want to encourage shale-gas development in our region. 

NYSEG’s standard option sources its energy as follows: Natural gas, 44 percent; nuclear, 25 percent; hydro, 16 percent; coal, 11 percent; oil, 2 percent; solid waste, 1 percent; biomass, less than 1 percent; and wind, less than 1 percent.

Energy Cooperative of America’s 100 percent renewable electricity program sources its energy from: hydro, 44 percent; biomass, 29 percent; and wind, 27 percent.

You can do the right thing for New York state and our planet. To switch to Energy Cooperative of America or for more information, call (800) 422-1475 or go to www.ecamerica.org. 

Southern Tier residents who oppose pipelines and horizontal hydrofracking are raising their voices, joining together and making themselves heard. Gov. Cuomo and the DEC keep count of letters, phone calls, petition returns and percentages of a town’s population who consciously choose renewable energy. These are all benchmarks when they make decisions on which counties get “sacrificed” to shale-gas development. 

We must keep the pressure on the state to enact a statewide ban on horizontal hydrofracking. That is the surest way we can protect all of New York state from the devastating impacts of shale-gas extraction.

And make sure you shut the lights off when you leave the room.

Tammy Reiss

Unadilla

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