Climate change is real and it’s here, both for the planet as a whole and in New York’s SD 46.
I care: as a farmer, as a mother, and as a candidate to be your next State Senator. I’ve pledged to use my platform to address climate change and protect our natural resources. Your vote on November 8 can make a real, measurable difference on the environment.
Our own Department of Environmental Conservation has been talking about it:
The NYS average annual temperature has risen about 2.4 degrees since 1970
Sea levels have risen at almost 2x the observed global rate since 1900
Spring begins a week earlier than it did a few decades ago
Our average temperature is projected to increase another 3 degrees by the 2020s, 6 degrees, by the 2050s, and 10 degrees by the 2080s
Our average precipitation is projected to increase 8% by the 2020s, 12% by the 2050s, and 15% by the 2080s
11 of the last 12 months have been the hottest in the last 136 years of record-keeping
Climate change is projected to especially disrupt the livelihood of our farmers, who are plentiful in our community: across Montgomery, Albany, Schenectady, Ulster and Greene counties, we have about 2,000 farms and over 325,000 acres of land dedicated to farming. Climate change means that important crops won’t grow, seasons will be disrupted, and more unpredictability will wreak havoc on businesses and families.
George Amedore doesn’t acknowledge the existence of climate change, and has barely even mentioned the word “environment” on social media in his time in office. And more importantly, he’s way down on the bell curve when it comes to his voting record; he’s rated as the 15th-worst member across our state’s 213 senators and assemblymembers by EPL/Environmental Advocates 2015 and 2016 scorecards. His score reflects his votes for cutting down New York’s wetlands, stalling the state’s effort to modernize our energy infrastructure, giving handouts to fossil fuel companies, and shortchanging the DEC on critical funding.
Enough is enough. The choices we make now will decide whether our children will have streams to play in, whether our food will grow, and whether we will have safe water to drink. As State Senator, I will fight to protect the environment for future generations.
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