Leaders ignoring impacts of cannabis
News flash: Cannabis cultivating/manufacturing facility coming to Rotterdam.
The Planning Commission is currently reviewing an application from 401 Holding, LLC., to open a facility at 401 Duanesburg Road, the former Schalmont Bus Garage in the Rotterdam Industrial Park.
Thanks to two legislative bodies, New York state and the former Rotterdam Town Board, they got what they wished for — new tax dollars.
More importantly, didn’t they think of the social problems this would bring to our schools.
Already I have found empty cannabis containers near school property and on it.
I wonder how many discipline problems there have been in our local schools this year.
Last year, two Mohonasen School Board members handed a letter to the town board to opt out of the new cannabis law. The board took no action.
Two of those board members were lawyers who work for the county’s legal department and should have known the social impact to our community.
Three years ago, at a town board meeting, I gave the same two lawyers a copy of Clifton Park’s zoning regulations regarding cannabis restrictions, and they did nothing.
Since this would be in a light industrial zone, which does not allow farming in it, maybe they will deny it.
Several years ago, I contacted the Schalmont superintendent of schools on the cannabis issue, and he assured me that the town would control it legislatively.
Dream on! Pandora is out of the box and there is no way to put it back.
Time to wean off costly gas fuel
Fossil fuels interests would have us believe that wind and solar power are unreliable and unaffordable. But that claim bumps up against reality (“Utility predicts 39% higher heating bills”) in the Sept. 7 Gazette.
This latest price spike is another wake-up call that there is a more consistently affordable way to heat our homes: with electricity generated from the wind and sun, which don’t charge for their fuel.
Reliability comes from utility-scale batteries, which are already being successfully deployed in energy-challenged California, Texas and elsewhere, and from modernizing our electric grid.
Immediate costs aside, the climate crisis brings us more frequent and severe drought, fires, floods and storms – whose mitigation costs are high and borne by taxpayers.
New York’s Climate Action Council’s Final Scoping Plan, now under development, must set aggressive policies to keep us on track to cut emissions.
This should include a ban on gas plants and pipelines and strong support for renewables.
An infusion of federal money from the Inflation Reduction Act will help, with hefty rebates for homeowners to convert to heat pumps for electric heating and cooling.
Gas is unaffordable and unreliable, short-term and long-term.
It has got to go.
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