A plan to transform the Ravenswood Generating Station into a clean energy center is in the works, with a vote on an offshore wind proposal expected this fall. Queens community members say that the stakes could not be higher.
Emma Whitford and Mary Cunningham |
Air pollution is an added stressor for vulnerable populations who already suffer disproportionately from underlying health effects, including the estimated thousands of unhoused New Yorkers living on the city’s streets.
Advocates say the findings add new urgency to the state’s efforts to transition its energy sources away from fossil fuels, and as environmental groups renew calls for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would ban gas hookups in new construction statewide.
“Though outdoors strategies are a great and necessary option, there remains a serious need for innovation and creativity to generate excellent air quality in spaces that are enclosed, covered, or conventionally ‘indoors’ and hold more than groups of 10. From elevators to heated tents, indoor air quality will be a significant factor in our society’s health care.”
The City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection met Tuesday to discuss a newly introduced bill banning heating oil No. 4 by 2025, five years earlier than was agreed upon when Local Law 43 passed in 2010.
Residents in The Bronx’s “Asthma Alley,” ask the New York Power Authority to commit to transition off of costly fossil fuel-burning power plants.
Facilities that provided assistance for people with asthma before the pandemic have continued to operate by offering pre-recorded medical advice by phone, and have never returned to in-person services, families told El Diario.
‘Cleaning up our buildings in the decades to come isn’t just about creating thousands of good jobs, or combating environmental racism, or fighting climate change. It’s also about improving public health.’
‘In New York, the transportation sector alone is responsible for 36 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, and that number is growing.’
Ruthie Lazenby and Sarah DeSouza |
‘Recent research shows that long-term exposure to particulate-matter air pollution increases the likelihood of severe COVID-19 outcomes. And people of color are disproportionately affected.’