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Major news on offshore wind, say goodbye to the Yellow Pages, and more, in this Watchdog Report!
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Exxon Doesn't Want Anyone to Know

Exxon Mobil is being investigated by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleges Exxon is defrauding their investors by hiding knowledge about the true impact of fossil fuels on our climate.
 
While the investigation is ongoing, and details are still being unearthed, the House of Representatives has taken up Exxon’s cause by attempting to torpedo the investigation.
 
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee – a once-respected body that should instead be leading the way on climate action and innovation – has turned itself into a tool of the fossil fuel industry, working to keep the public and Exxon’s investors in the dark.
 
This is truly an affront to all New Yorkers, and all Americans. Attorney General Schneiderman has the legal authority to conduct such investigations. We have every confidence the Attorney General will prevail in his efforts, but this shows how the industry will stop at nothing to protect its financial interests as Americans demand climate action.  
 
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Meet Rock Snot

You know when you’re swimming and a slippery rock makes you fall and feel like you broke your tailbone? It’s possible you stepped into glistening invasive ooze commonly referred to as “rock snot” – formally known as Didymo. Rock snot is one of many invasive species wreaking havoc on New York’s ecosystem and wiping out native species. We’ve highlighted some of the worst offenders in a new blog post. Fighting the spread of invasive species requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, so get to know the basics and learn how you can help!

Offshore Wind on the Horizon

Just three years ago, the future of offshore wind remained in doubt, and New York lacked a roadmap for achieving a 100% clean, renewable future. Now New York is taking one of the first steps in positioning our state as a wind power hub. It’s not just clean energy entering the grid – the ripple effect will mean more reliable energy for Long Island residents, healthier air for kids, and a boost for proposed wind projects state and nationwide.
 
After years of relentless advocacy, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is expected to vote soon to approve development of New York’s first offshore wind farm, which will be located about 30 miles off the coast of Long Island. A vote was originally scheduled for this week, but it is now planned as part of a broader unveiling of wind opportunities in September.
 
The project will produce enough energy to power 50,000 homes by 2022; once constructed, this site will be three times the size of America’s first offshore wind farm located off Rhode Island and which is expected to begin operating before the end of 2016. In the last two years, thousands of Environmental Advocates have called, emailed, lobbied, and contacted Governor Cuomo and state officials on social media in support of clean, renewable wind power. We will share developments as they happen, and thank you for your continued advocacy – this is the first project of its kind, and we need to secure many more like it in the months and years ahead!

You Can Stop Throwing the Yellow Pages Away

Every year, New Yorkers create a lot of waste. For the most part, our waste responsibility lies with each of us, but sometimes waste is forced upon us. Verizon, for instance, has long been mandated by the state to print the Yellow Pages annually – in 2015 alone, that resulted in 6.3 million books being distributed, many of which went straight into the trash. Or waterways. Or sewer systems. Or parks.
 
Given the availability of information online, the state Public Service Commission gave Verizon permission to end the practice! The small percentage of consumers who require a hard copy will still be able to request one. So let’s celebrate - this is a huge win in our long battle against waste!

Your Favorite Farmers Market

Farmers Markets are ubiquitous to New York summers – we know you love them as much as we do! We want to highlight the best markets statewide in an upcoming blog. They are such a welcome part of each and every one of our communities â€“ offering fresh produce, locally made goods, and even entertainment. So shoot us an email and tell us all about your favorite, and don't forget to tell us what you love best. Specifically, let us know: What’s it called, and where is it? What makes it special? What are the best kinds of local produce to purchase? And what made you choose the market over a chain? We can't wait to hear from you!  

One Heck of a Bike Ride

In just a few weeks, Environmental Advocate Alix Cotumaccio will bike 350+ miles through the Pacific Northwest to raise money for our climate work through Climate Ride. From August 4-9, Alix will fuse her long-time passion for the environment and cycling to raise awareness of sustainability, renewable energy, climate change issues, and transportation alternatives.
 
On supporting Environmental Advocates during her fifth Climate Ride, Alix said, "I am doing this ride not only to raise much-needed funds for an amazing organization dealing with environmental issues right here in New York, but also to inspire people to take action in their day-to-day lives.”
 
Stay tuned on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on Alix's ride, and please consider a donation in support of her ride and our climate leadership!
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