Letters: On New York, Offshore Wind & Climate
Winds of Change
July 22, 2019
To the Editor:
Since I was a child, I have maintained a list of memories that punctuate the chapters of my life. As a loving wife, ardent student and traveler, these memories have been mostly anniversaries, trainings and adventures. Gov. Cuomo signing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) has joined the list.
This foundational piece of legislation to protect frontline communities and reduce carbon-emissions sets the table for all New Yorkers to come together and cook up a healthier future using renewable energy solutions including offshore wind, solar and geothermal systems. The horrific impacts of climate-related catastrophe on our people and economy, including corporate bankruptcy and the rise of chronic illness and disease, compel me to applaud growing political leadership and engage in the statewide effort to implement the CLCPA.
As our public officials create a Working Climate Action Council to implement the ambitious goals of the CLCPA, in the coming months, I look forward to plans and programs of increased access and innovation in private, public and third-party sectors. Renewable energy projects that bring together market and industry leaders, local agencies, civic groups and other community associations will be at the forefront of this just transition because only together can we keep on a path towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
I am excited about the governor’s announcement of two off-shore wind development contracts along the coasts of Long Island and New York City. And while I may not own one of the ‘million homes’ serviced by the projects’ ultimate wind power capacity, I know with sustained effort from multiple and diverse groups of stakeholders, we will build jobs that I can count on.
New York is Not Alone on Offshore Wind
July 21, 2019
To the Editor:
New York, under Governor Andrew Cuomo, may be making the most aggressive investments in offshore wind power, but we’re not alone.
Up and down the eastern seaboard, from Virginia to Massachusetts, states are looking to offshore wind to move to renewable energy (“Orsted Partnership and Empire Wind Offered Largest U.S. Offshore Wind Bid,” July 18).
Our own renewable goals, under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which the governor signed July 18, are bold.
I only hope that people at large will have the courage of its convictions, the effort to fight the climate crisis, and limit their NIMBYism over the necessary disruptions, like new transmissions lines that bringing wind online will entail.
We are watching the climate crisis unfold, and it’s terrifying. That’s where legitimate concern should focus.
New York, N.Y
Risk Management: Spare the Goose
July 13, 2019
To the Editor:
Tourism, no question, is the goose that laid the golden egg.
What we on the North Fork don’t need is any more bumper-to-bumper tourist traffic. Enough is enough.
We gotta do something, before it kills us, one way or another — but we gotta be careful: We don’t wanna kill the golden egg-layin’ goose. That’s very important (that could happen on its own without any help from us — like a blight, or something out of our control where the traffic gets to be too much even for tourists who love this place, and they just, over time, more and more, just stop coming).
They come to the point that the long hours in their hot overheating cars, coming and going, is out-and-out kill’n ’em.
So now, before disaster on the North Fork strikes, one way or another, let us keep the goose healthy and strong and share the ever growing and wealthy/healthy goose with our needy neighbors just a little bit (a few miles or so, as a crow would fly) west of downtown Riverhead, and the “Gateway” to the North and South Forks.
What is now needed at the “Gateway” is what has been proposed, and given much positive thought: A great tourist destination, far enough west of the five town Peconic Bay region, to take the heavy traffic load off of us, without killing our valuable big goose, that now supports us more than eight months of the year, on the twin forks.
Keep tuned for what is now taking place with this “Keystone Development Project,” possibly on a prime location of over 1,200 acres — under consideration by our Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo.
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Did you know that when the early settlers arrived on the East End, they brought with them two traditional holidays that a few of us folks out here are trying to keep alive? In fact, I just celebrated one of them earlier this month on the day we quit Daylight Savings Time, when early darkness sends a cloud of gloom across the land. Die Licht ist Nicht Nacht, when people gather to eat bacon and radicchio pasta with fresh-baked focaccia, doesn’t stop the suicidal depression, but it adds enough of a festive note, especially when served with lots of wine, you end up thinking, “WTF, things aren’t so bad” as you continue to wine und dine.
The other, more cheerful celebration, Seitwärts Licht Tag, takes place on February 1 when the setting sun sends rays of light across Peconic Bay only to have them bounce off windows that send them back again across the water to remind us, “Hey, the light is back, so let’s eat and drink.” (Any dish is appropriate for SLT, but we prefer pizza.)
So, why all the German stuff when Southold Town was founded by the Rev. John Youngs and English Puritans, followed seconds later, at Conscience Point, by a merry band of Colonial Merchants from Massachusetts. Well, it seems Rev. Youngs (full disclosure: the founding editor of the this newspaper is Rev. Youngs’ great-great-great grandperson) insisted his congregation speak only German for 24 hours twice a year as atonement for past sins. However, the Southampton crew was, like Bloomingdale’s, merely trying to appeal to a wide range of international shoppers.
While East Enders have missed this year’s DLNN, which revolves annually, like the cocktail lounge atop the Marriott in Times Square but in this case daily and only during normal business hours, there’s plenty of time to plan for SLT on February 1, a day that like most bars and restaurants does not revolve.
East End Beacon