Stillwater town board passes RGGI repeal proposition.
by Ben @ Upstate Conservative Coalition, November 22, 2011
Last Thursday night at the Stillwater Town Board meeting they passed a proposition #78 to
send a letter to Governor Cuomo urging the repeal of RGGI. Our friend and Saratoga 9-12 leader
Fran Beninati asked them to do it and they did.
Way to go Fran! To all other town boards please do the same.
Shuyler County Joins Niagara and 7 other Towns in Calls for Governor and State Legislature to Withdraw from RGGI
For the past three years, New York has participated in the RGGI Cap & Trade scheme without the authorization of the state Legislature! Already this Cap & Trade energy tax has cost New York businesses and ratepayers a staggering $327 MILLION!
Americans for Prosperity continues to educate citizens about this Cap & Trade scheme that threatens to drive our electricity rates through the roof and kill thousands of jobs across New York.
AFP’S “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION” TOUR: AFP led a tour throughout the state during the week of October 10-15 from Niagara County to Rockland County!
Taxation Without Representation: Cap & Trade In New York
For the past three years, New York has been unlawfully participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Cap & Trade scheme. Now, AFP is fighting back against this Cap & Trade energy tax that threatens to destroy thousands of jobs and drive up electricity rates in the Empire State.
New Yorkers already pay the second highest electricity rates in the nation and we cannot afford this additional tax on our electricity bills!
CLICK now to send a message to your representatives in Albany that you’ve had enough. Tell them it’s time to stand up for beleaguered taxpayers in New York and not to abdicate their role as your elected representative to the executive branch.
Now it is up to you and me to fight back!
CLICK HERE to download AFP’s fact sheet on the RGGI Cap & Trade scheme.
SEE BELOW to read about the lawsuit filed on behalf of ratepayers to end New York’s participation in RGGI.
CONTACT GOVERNOR CUOMO
Call or e-mail the governor and urge him to withdraw New York from the job-killing RGGI Cap & Trade scheme before it’s too late!
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
CLICK HERE to e-mail the governor’s office
URGE YOUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS TO JOIN THE REPEAL EFFORT
– DOWNLOAD A RGGI REPEAL RESOLUTION BELOW
Want to help in the fight to repeal RGGI? Click on one of the resolutions below to present to your county legislators, town councils or mayors. Present this during the next open meeting and get your elected officials on record on this critical issue!
To date, resolutions have been passed by elected officials in the following towns and counties across New York:
- Niagara County RGGI Resolution.pdf
- RGGI Resolution Pendleton-07-05-2011.pdf
- RGGI Taxation Without Representation.pdf
- RGGI Cambria minutes July 14, 2011.pdf
- Township RGGI Resolution.doc
- County RGGI Resolution.doc
- AES Resolution Newfane.pdf
- Town of Chester RGGI Resolution.pdf
Americans for Prosperity New York Activist Sues to Stop State’s Participation in RGGI Cap & Trade Scheme
For Immediate Release – June 28, 2011
SEE BELOW FOR VIDEO FROM TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE
CLICK HERE to download the RGGI Complaint
DATELINE: NEW YORK, NY – An Americans for Prosperity New York activist today filed suit challenging New York State’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Cap & Trade program.
Buffalo-area activist Lisa Thrun, lead plaintiff in the lawsuit and volunteer grassroots chair for Americans for Prosperity’s New York chapter, explained the impetus for filing the lawsuit.
“I’m here today because as a ratepayer, as a taxpayer I was not represented and neither were the taxpayers of New York State.”
“We need to stop this,” continued Thrun. “We need to know that the taxpayers are being represented and we need to send a message to our elected leaders that we did elect to do something about this. They allowed this to happen and they’re looking the other way.”
Lead attorney for the case, Mark W. Smith announced that his firm, Smith Valliere PLLC, field the lawsuit today in New York Supreme Court in Albany.
In a statement released earlier today, Smith said, “This lawsuit is a direct legal challenge to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”),” said Smith. “The alleged purpose behind RGGI is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but the reality is that it has become a large energy tax imposed illegally on New Yorkers.”
Smith added, “If New York State believes RGGI is a valuable program, then let’s have a vote. Americans oppose taxation without representation, but that’s what RGGI amounts to – an unauthorized tax imposed by unelected government bureaucrats.”
The complaint “challeng[es] the authority of Governor Cuomo, the Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”), and the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) to enter into the RGGI Cap & Trade program.”
In 2005, former Governor Pataki signed a Memorandum of Understanding entering New York into the ten-state compact. Since 2007, New York has participated in RGGI’s quarterly auctions of carbon permits. However, the state legislature never passed legislation authorizing Governor Pataki, the DEC or NYSERDA to join the regional cap-and-trade scheme.
Speaking at today’s press conference in lower Manhattan, New Jersey state director Steve Lonegan, who has spearheaded the effort to pull that state out of RGGI, said New York’s participation in RGGI amounted to an “unconstitutional” tax on ratepayers.
“Only the state of New York failed to ever pass [RGGI] enabling legislation in either the Senate or the Assembly. New York State has been taxing electricity ratepayers without legislative approval now for more than two years.
“This is unconstitutionally constituted tax on the ratepayers of New York and it needs to end,” concluded Lonegan.
Americans for Prosperity has led the fight to end the RGGI Cap & Trade program over the past year. Recently, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that he would withdraw New Jersey from the RGGI compact. Repeal efforts in New Hampshire and other member states are ongoing.
CLICK HERE TO SEE NGB.TV’S EXCELLENT VIDEO REPORT FROM TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE!
Read more here:
Competitive Enterprise Institute: Multi-State Greenhouse Gas Initiative Violates New York Law, Lawsuit Alleges
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