Environmentalists for Tedra Cobb
To the editor:
There are many reasons we endorse Tedra Cobb for Congress in the 21st District. Her strong environmental record is one of them.
Tedra’s life is a model of environmental ethics. As early adopters of solar power, Tedra’s family has had solar panels since 1993. Her husband, Scott Shipley, owns a St. Lawrence County solar and electrical construction business. She understands the vital social and economic roles of energy efficiency and renewable energy in our region.
Tedra has a long history with energy issues. During her eight years serving as a St. Lawrence County legislator, she convened energy stakeholders from across the county to help lower-income residents when heating oil prices soared following Hurricane Katrina. “Tedra got all the energy people together — the oil, gas and wood companies, HVAC installers, weatherization and social services, churches, you name it — she got us all there and marshaled us into action,” according to Ann Heidenreich, former executive director of Community Energy Services.
Tedra understands the economic impacts of storms like Hurricane Sandy ($65 billion) and Hurricane Irene ($16 billion), the impact of warming temperatures on agriculture, forestry and winter tourism, and the connection between rising temperatures and the dramatic increase in tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.
Rep. Elise Stefanik has a lifetime League of Conservation Voters record of 19 percent and often makes environmental votes with the caveat, “if it doesn’t impact the economy.” Tedra, by contrast, understands that environmental stewardship is key to a vibrant economy. She recognizes that nationally an additional $36 billion per year (inflation adjusted) is spent on extreme weather today compared to the 1980s. This cost will grow with further inattention, and our local economy, heavily dependent on tourism and agriculture, will be impacted. The environment and economy are indivisible, and we need an advocate who consistently supports both.
When asked about climate change while running for Congress, Stefanik repeated the Republican talking point of the time, “I am not a scientist.” Only after her election did she acknowledge climate change as scientifically based, though her votes often do not reflect this. Tedra knows that climate change is real and requires serious action, that polluters should address pollution costs, that science provides solutions, and that the EPA and environmental protection should be well funded.
As environmentalists, some from organizations or with expertise in the field, we strongly endorse Tedra Cobb for Congress in District 21 in 2018.
Sunita Halasz, MS, ecology, Saranac Lake
Andy Keal, Saranac Lake
Louise Gava, municipal energy consultant, Saratoga Springs
Sander Bonvell, Earth View Environmental, Ballston Spa
Brian Houseal, Westport
Katherine Houseal, Westport
Dr. Jan DeWaters, P.E., Potsdam
Dr. Stephen Bird, Potsdam
James Allott, Potsdam
Dr. Stefan Grimberg, P.E., Potsdam
Dr. Erik Bollt, Potsdam
Terry de la Vega, Potsdam
Dr. Heather Sullivan-Catlin, Potsdam
Elizabeth Bollt, Potsdam
Thomas Ortmeyer, Potsdam
Pat Mustakangas, Canton
Emlyn Crocker, BS, conservation biology, Canton
Mary Ellen Carvel, Canton
Carol Smith Pynchon, Canton
John Casserly, Canton
Nan Clingman, Canton
John Dietrich, Canton
Anne Vinyard, Canton
Peter Beekman, Canton
Charles Carvel, Canton
Brien Hallahan, village superintendent, Canton
Klaus Proemm, Canton
Barbara Beekman, Canton
Helen Hutchinson, Pierrepont
Tom VandeWater, Pierrepont
Roger Hutchinson, Pierrepont
Betsy Kepes, Pierrepont
Ginger Storey-Welch, Pierrepont
Julie Rapczynski, Colton
Rebecca Allen, Colton
Andrea Malik, Colton
Ann Heidenreich, Hermon
Carol Simpson, Stockholm
Anna Campbell, Madrid