November 17, 2008

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‘Green New Deal’ promoted in Hudson Valley

Tyner rallies the crowd

POUGHKEEPSIE – In keeping with FDR’s New Deal, and the late president’s ties to Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner rallied “the troops” to promote a “Green New Deal.”

The chairman of the Environment Committee was promoting the effort to keep carbon particles in the atmosphere to under 350 parts per million as promoted by the website,

Among those who rallied at the Holy Light Pentecostal Church in Poughkeepsie Sunday before walking over the FDR Mid-Hudson Bridge, was Melissa Everett, executive director of Sustainable Hudson Valley.

“It’s not just a symbolic act. It’s the effort to put together a focused movement around next year’s UN climate negotiations, the follow up to Kyoto where they are going to be figuring out what’s the right number and so this is movement to say 350 is the highest possible number,” she said.

Dutchess County Legislator Peter Wassell told those gathered “we need to shift to a clean economy.”

Also participating in the local effort Sunday were Scenic Hudson Executive Director Ned Sullivan, Dutchess County legislators, Poughkeepsie City council members, NYPIRG, environmental clubs from Rhinebeck and Arlington high schools, and other local groups.


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