Question3: Do you think Corning should have a renewable energy plan? Why or why not?
This is a no-brainer. Of course the city should have a renewable energy plan. We need one now more than ever. Trump may have pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement but that doesn't mean that the country is powerless (pun intended).
Am I right in thinking that the Mayor can make non-binding proclamations at will? If so, I will ON DAY ONE, as they say, issue a proclamation that the City of Corning is committed to support the Paris Accord.
Seriously, and this is extremely serious stuff, we need to form a committee as soon as possible to approve the plan, (Mayor Negri - can you get that started?) and then figure out ways to implement it. I have talked about the talent in Corning. We do not need to go off and seek funding to hire consultants. We do not need to reinvent the wheel.
There are already three cities (Aspen, Burlington, Greensburg) that get their electricity from 100% renewable sources. Grand Rapids, Michigan, and East Hampton, NY plan to be 100% renewable by 2020, a date that has been called the year of perfect vision. We can do it too. We can do it better.
OK. So maybe I won’t be Mayor and won’t have the fun of issuing a proclamation. But I will present a detailed draft renewable energy plan for consideration, on or before January 2nd.
My most recent bumper sticker says:
RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL GRANNY
which pretty much sums up my current life: granny is what I am; environmental is what I do; and radical is how I approach what I do. And that includes running for Mayor of Corning as an independent against two men, each of whom has a party and a sponsor behind him.
At a recent Candidates Forum, there was one question about the environment. Here is my prepared answer. Actual response can be seen in the video recording: