Right-wing Republicans in Columbia County now attacking climate change measures
Raymond Pignone reports in Columbia-Greene Media that in Philmont there's a battle over the environment with a resolution to disband the village’s Climate Smart Task Force. On March 13 30 climate-denying conspiracy theorists presented a draft resolution asking about dissolving the climate smart task force. Only a trustee can introduce a resolution in Philmont, though. Michael Richardson of the activist group Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith said, of the folks offering the resolution, "Of those 30 people, many of them are not from Philmont.... Many of them were from Stand Up Massachusetts, an extreme libertarian group from Great Barrington, and Neighbors 2 Neighbors.” The resolution seems to deny the fact that burning fossil fuels is changing the climate. The right-wing environmental groups are mobilizing elsewhere in Columbia County. Neighbors 2 Neighbors, Smarter NY Energy and the Empire Center for Public Policy hold a New York State Climate Act Town Hall on March 26 at Columbia-Greene Community College hosted by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner with former state Sen. Daphne Jordan, both Republicans. Richardson said the event is "like the Marlboro Man telling you that if you smoke these cigarettes, you’ll turn into a cowboy.” Read more about this story in Columbia-Greene Media.