Power line project not enviro-friendly
The Gazette reported in the Sept. 23 article (“Power line project to pay county $85M over 30 years”) the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) transmission corridor (powerline) would provide millions of dollars in revenues to local governments over 30 years.
CHPE would traverse eastern New York state from Quebec to New York City, with a terrestrial section passing through the Capital District.
The news story followed New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Sept. 20 CHPE endorsement. She did so during Climate Week while falsely asserting CHPE would be clean energy despite vast scientific and historical evidence to the contrary.
The North American Megadam Resistance Alliance website has reports on the considerable damage hydroelectric development causes in Canada and worldwide.
CHPE has generated opposition in Quebec and Labrador from Native Peoples due to decades of past, ongoing and irreversible environmental, health, social and cultural damages from giant river-destroying power stations, flooded valleys, and enormous reservoirs, and fears CHPE construction would stimulate additional devastation.
CHPE construction would perpetuate the myth that all hydroelectricity is clean, safe and renewable.
New York state already is an accessory to Canada’s longstanding natural resource wars on Indians and Inuits, their lands, waters, traditions and future.
CHPE would also damage the Hudson River. About 100 miles would be dredged for shallow burial of two cables. Poisons buried in the sediment would be dislodged into the water, damaging aquatic life and polluting drinking water for downstate residents. Ship anchors could snag on the cables.
Installing solar equipment atop New York City buildings is far better than CHPE.
Eviction moratorium is disastrous policy
The Democrats’ eviction moratorium is a deluded disaster.
Their hearts may have been in the right place, but their brains were not.
They cooked up this scheme of hardship declarations that tenants sign attesting to their financial difficulties or health maladies due to covid. And just like that, they are relieved of their duties to pay rent.
Technically, their rent is still due, but I have yet to see a single tenant cough up any rental arrears. Rather, tenants are living free, for over a year, and landlords can do nothing but watch while their properties are destroyed and tenants thumb their noses at their duty to pay rent.
It’s a total sham.
I have landlord clients who come to court in tears. Some live in their cars while tenants occupy their homes, helpless to remove them.
Once that box on the hardship is checked, tenants do not even have to come to court. They have no duty to show actual hardship, and the evidentiary bar to refute the declarations is so high as to be a fruitless endeavor.
I am a Democrat, and I could not be more embarrassed.
They have wholesale wrecked the lives of small property owners, and it did not have to be this way.
Landlords do not have the best of reputations, but they did not deserve the wrecking ball sent their way courtesy of the Democrats in Albany.
For shame, for shame.
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