The Philadelphia community is resisting our own municipal utility wanting to extend their gas customer base for fracked gas. You can learn more at 350philly.org/NoLNG. The below is testimony of 2 residents against this project on March 21st 2019.
Hello. My name is Emily Davis.
I ask you to please vote down Bill 181063 which would allow the city to enter into a contract for a Liquefied Natural Gas Plant.A time when the city is trying to lower its carbon footprint, is not a time to permit the building of a new facility that supports an energy system based on hydrocarbons.
As we transition away from the use of natural gas in our homes, we will need PGW’s support. So while one part of PGW maintains the old system and shrinks in size, a new part, supporting sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency could be expanding.
We have all heard about the costly results of the extreme weather, like those this week in Nebraska and Mozambique that has plagued the world in recent years.97% of scientists believe that climate change in caused by humans and know what we humans are doing to cause it. One of those activities is the burning of hydrocarbons. One of the effects of climate change is extreme weather. These weather disasters are very costly – our own government says that “In 2018, there were 14 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.”So Philadelphia is right in wanting to lower its carbon footprint.
The financial advantage of this LNG plant is questionable.The annual budget of the city of Philadelphia is over 4 billion.The income from this facility is projected to be less than 0.1% of that.And, there are questions about the private partner.
I agree that PGW needs help – but this is not it.As we transition away from the use of natural gas in our homes, we will need PGW’s support. So while one part of PGW maintains the old system and shrinks in size, a new part, supporting sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency could be expanding.
Please do not support this bill or any bill that supports new infrastructure for fossil fuels.The costs will outweigh the benefits.
Hello. My name is Meenal Raval.
I’m here today to speak on bill number 181063 – authorizing PGW to enter into a public private partnership with Liberty Energy Trust to develop the Passyunk Energy Center.
How can Council consider a steel fork dangerous, and not consider a large fossil fuel project dangerous?
You must know that gas is a fossil fuel. That adding to our dependency of fossil fuels at this late stage of a planetary climate fever is immoral and dangerous.
Today, as I passed thru security, I was stopped because I had a steel fork in my bag. We aren’t talking about a pitchfork, but a dinner fork from my kitchen drawer. Many of us, keenly aware of our city’s litter problem and our oceans choking with plastic, choose to avoid using single-use plastics. Single-use plastics such as forks, water bottles, straws and check-out bags. Because single-use plastics are made from fossil fuels, which we need to use so much less of. I want to thank Councilman Squilla for leading on reducing our city’s use of single-use plastic bags.
So while my fork waits for me by the security team, I’m here asking… How can Council consider a steel fork dangerous, and not consider a large fossil fuel project dangerous? Please, vote down bill number 181063 when it comes up for a vote.
I’m also here to speak about bill number 181067 introduced December 6, 2018 by Council member Reynolds Brown. This bill calls for public hearings about executing the mayor’s Municipal Energy Master Plan, a plan that calls for all of the city’s municipal facilities to use 100% renewable energy by 2030.
By the way, 12 municipalities in the greater Philadelphia area have passed resolutions to transition their energy use to 100% renewable – community-wide. That’s public as well as private.
We can offer a presentation to any of you who want to learn more about the Ready for 100% renewable energy campaign.
Late last August, I traveled to Los Angeles for a 3 day training with The Climate Reality Project. Many may not have heard of this non-profit anchored by Vice-President Al Gore. The training is free, but one needs to apply and get accepted to participate. We are also expected to pay for our travel and lodging expenses.
We were told this was the largest Climate Reality training to date, with over 2,200 people from all over the world. About 25% came from Southern California, another 25% came from the State of California, the remaining 49 states brought in 25%. The rest were from outside the US. Tweets from the training have the hashtag #LeadOnClimate. An example:
25% from LA, 25% from CA, 25% from rest of US, 25% from rest of world, all 2000 trainees ready to #LeadOnClimate
We were grouped by geographic proximity so I mostly interacted with people from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I ran into people I already knew plus some new ones, notably Tim Mahony (a science professor at Millersville University), Shweta Arya (an environmental educator from Delaware County), Dave Walbert (a grad student at Drexel) and Ankit Agarwal (a Center City Philadelphia resident).
The 3 days with Mr Gore was interspersed with many notables, some very new to me.
So I tell you this not to scare you,
But to prepare you, to dare you
To dream a different reality
And while this is a training,
in sustaining the future of our planet,
There is no rehearsal. The time is
Because the reversal of harm,
And protection of a future so universal
Should be anything but controversial.
So, earth, pale blue dot
We will fail you not.
Because an environmental movement of this size
Is simply another form of an earthrise.
Mr Gore led a question and answer session about “The Climate Crisis & It’s Solutions” with Dr Veerabhadran Ramanathan. Some tidbits from that session:
The climate crisis is inter-generational, thus the realm of religion and morals. It’s something he can’t bring to scientific discussions
He sees the cliff, and the shift in colleagues, all wanting to talk about shifting to solutions – working with 25 university collaboration – with demo projects – then bringing in community partners – He’s got no pushback when presenting because all scientists concur that this is an existential threat. This phrase was repeated by many of the presenters.
no massive public support
most important message from Dr Ramafor the climate crisis: It’s happening now, there’s an urgency, and we know how to solve it
The climate crisis will affect the rich as much as the poor
The climate crisis will get worse if we do nothing
He is one of the advisors to the Vatican, which included best health experts
He doesn’t see how CA ag could survive 30 years out
Future generations don’t deserve what we’re doing to them
Referred to a climate solutions course at undergrad level, for all UC students – then at community college, to replicate across US, and also at K-12 level, working with DiCaprio Fdn, to build environmental literacy.
This 73 year old man says… we won’t solve this in his lifetime, but wants to leave by offering solutions to those in their 20s
The climate crisis is a human tragedy
Sees 2 degree warming in 7-8 years due to oceans warming
Reduced oxygen in oceans – due to GHG absorption, also fertilizer runoff – causing dead zone – sustainable ag imp to protect oceans
transpo sector has BIGGEST emissions
40% of food thrown away – bio-digestor – regenerative ag to sequester more carbon in soil (also plants) – put a price, reward farmers – upcoming soil carbon conference in TN
black carbon from diesel – more potent than CO2 – the panel discussion on transportation repeated this message; see below. Must stop diesel combustion, esp in urban areas.
We must take CO2 out of the air
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Mr Gore for a discussion on “Inspiring Global Action thru Local Leadership”.
how to lobby our mayor? – quote from movie ‘lost city of Z’ on Amazon – “reach should always be greater than grasp” – beyond what we think is possible – confront the reality
ask 4 questions of local leaders
How do you and stuff get around? how do consumables get to you?
How do you stay comfortable? physical built environment? heat, cool and power buildings
How do you turn on the lights? What is the source of electricity? Then push people like him to get it done.
Be ready: Know your stuff better than people sitting with;
Be specific – green building ordinance;
Be flexible – get victory, bang it, and move forward. Learn to tie victories, one at a time
Be inclusive – desegregate, all engaged, labor, women, hunting, too important to get divided
Be proactive – stop playing defense – the power that you hold – exercise it
Layout a plan, desegregate sustainability – each of the 37 departments he manages, all have a sustainability component – eg police dept reports on reduced crime, as well as reduced paper usage
He has a 100 page plan – read it – replicate it – I think this is THE PLAN that he’s referring to.
LA reduced emissions 11% in a year
Brother is Mayor of nearby Long Beach, a major port. Their emissions reduction at the ports is 5 years ahead of schedule – clean air standards
Mayor Garcetti co-founded Climate Mayors w Houston & Philadelphia Mayors when Trump pulled out of Paris, which brought in 100 cities, now 400 cities. If he’s out, we’re in!
Global network of Mayors – C40 – the mega cities – playbook includes bus electrification – local communities setting agenda for big countries!
Cannot be paralyzed by magnitude we face – we’re in the post NOW era – the post carbon era is now – the post ICE (internal combustion engine) is now – picture this – will realize the power we have – truth wins out
I wish I were a mirror – so you could see what I see – your power – we’re the writers of history – let us make history together! Really revved us up!! (and I rarely use double exclamation points)
Though we were excited, energized and exhausted, Mr Gore kept going. Next up was a conversation with Hal Harvey on “Getting Real about Rapid Decarbonization”. This is Hal Harvey ofenergyinnovation.org – has an upcoming book – seeClimate: How to Win – spoke of the 4 zeros for rapid decarbonization:
Zero-net energy buildings
Zero-carbon grid – electric utilities are biggest emitters on planet – 80% of our problem is from energy sys – solar and wind cheaper than operating capital of plant – who chooses whether we get brown or green electricity? small number of policies and small number of people – In the US, the PUC decides – 50 states x 5 commissioners = 250 people. If we exclude smaller states, and 3-2 vote is enough, only need to convince 90 people. We were promised an analysis of all 50 PUCs so we could pressure ours. Was toldAdvanced Energy Economy has research on each PUC, that we need to work with multi local corps (versus multi—national corps) – to show util how to make money, and they’ll come along – 2/3 of all wind and solar in US is in red states – TX, WY, IA – story about NV flipped PUC
Zero-carbon vehicles – zero grid enables others – Americans keep cars for 14 years – keep pressure on both clean cars and EVs
Zero-net energy buildings – Santa Monica zoning – insulated well, almost zero – CA has best building code – CA split to 16 weather zones – if tech pays for itself within 7 years, it’s in the code – written by Governor Brown in 1978. We expect seat belts to work, we expect air bags to work, why don’t we expect buildings to work? utils don’t make money selling electricity – they make money building power plants, then passing the cost to base rates – change incentive – performance based regulation – people want affordable, safe, reliable, clean electricity – give util 5 years, thy’ll get…?
Zero-waste manufacturing – China 70% of emissions from industry – substitute design for material – example of 3D printing to reduce concrete used in new construction – lets unleash our minds – hi value jobs – rethinking materials – SOlivia – carbon? DOE 90% of budget for nuclear – list 5 to 10 most energy intensive industries – study them – circular economy – bottle bill on steroids – manufacturer buy back
Mr Harvey’s advice? Be precise when we speak; we can’t afford to be fuzzy. He ended with a sermon on our levels of consumption. The we need to triage – ethos, pathos, logos – the ethics, the stories, the logic.
There was a California specific discussion titled “California’s Roadmap for Climate Leadership“. Again, with Mr Gore moderating.
Al Gore’s quotes from this session
We must electrify the transportation sector
100% committed campaigns, re-educators (an organized effort) leads to advocacy
Kept asking – Must we? Can we? Will we change?
We learned of monthly coordination amongst the many agencies within California. A collaboration on people working on air quality, electricity generation, with the Community Choice Aggregation team working together with the Investor Owned Utility.
A discussion titled “Fighting for Healthy Communities” was led by groups local to Los Angeles. The PSR-LA (Physicians for Social Responsibility chapter in Los Angeles) team spoke of capturing vapor and VOC (volatile organic compounds) when tankers were unloaded. The California Environmental Justice Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment wanted to get 1 million EV’s on the road. They spoke of SB350, a bill to get to 50% renewables by 2040. They brought young people in yellow shirts, saying these urban youth were the canaries in our current coal mines — the drilling within the City of Los Angeles. Their demand – Stop Drilling Where We’re Living, and asked why their human rights were not valued. These groups together asked that the city’s land use policy must be tied to proximity to fossil fuel infrastructure.
Dr Ramanathan was brought back for a discussion on “The Climate Crisis & It’s Solution” with with Al Gore and Don Henry. Some notes:
We need to wake people up, and also give them hope.
There’s been noisy denial. During the last 3 presidential campaigns, there was not one question about the climate crisis.
We need to develop innovative partnerships
Mr Gore working in collaboration with William Barber.
Most effective messengers are us – willingness to shoulder the burden – topic complicated – communicate to neighbors – once we reveal what’s right and wrong – there’s the opportunity to do right – massive GOTV (get out the vote) effort.
Legacy businesses want to extend their business plans & manipulating the system, tamping down concerns.
For climate justice, we need to move from transactional to transitional movement. I remember Judy Wicks saying much the same thing years ago when talking about building the local living economy.
We need to be multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and cross religions
University of California intends to be carbon neutral in 10-15 years
Mr Gore spoke of the necessity for a Sustainable Revolution, one with the magnitude of the Industrial Revolution and the speed of the Digital Revolution.
An example of speed – Google has largest server farm in world; leading artificial intelligence company (Deep Mind’s Mustafa Saleyman) analyze and within 30 minutes had a recommendation for 40% electricity reduction; with a reiteration of the algorithm, they achieved a 56% reduction. Just with smarter management. Stories like this are our Call to Arms!
There was a question about CCS (carbon capture and sequestration), nuclear, and methane (also known as natural gas) in helping solve the climate crisis. The advice?
NO CCS – It’s expensive, 30% of current generation would be needed to run CCS.
NO nuclear – no engineering firm in US would even design a nuclear plant now.
NO methane –
It’s 86 times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide over 20 years
34 times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide over 100 years
and has 50% less CO2 emissions than coal
It’s NOT our bridge to the future
Since wildfires were raging throughout California last summer, Mr Gore brought local experts to talk about “Facing Reality: Firefighters on the Climate Frontlines“. Some notes:
Ken Pimlot, Director of CA Dept of Forestry & Fire Protection said
things are different now
they’ve never seen a fire last as long as 13 days.
100,000 acre fire was rare, now common
They’re experiencing fires of 2700 degrees F!
They’re experiencing a year-round fire season, even in December with weeks and months of deployment, away from home. The life of firefighters is much like soldiers, facing greater risk than they ever stepped up for.
Asked us to talk to the politicians!
Martha Karsten of Chief Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade said
The whole state of CA is a tinderbox
Their fire station used to run 6 months, now 9 months
Ken Thompson, Former Deputy Fire Chief, New South Wale in Australia said
It’s exactly the same in Australia.
In Melbourne, 1st responders to fire – gonna be 1st responders to global warming!
new level of fire code: catastrophic
it really is a tinderbox out there
Each of them said – Name them – call out the politicians
On a session on “Clean Transportation: Moving Beyond Carbon”, Mr Gore led discussions with people from LA Clean Tech Incubator, CARB (the California Air Resources Board), Proterra and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council).
We learned from Ryan Popple of Proterra Buses that a diesel bus uses 10,000 gallons annually. This is our tax dollars.
The NRDC speaker shared that diesel accounts for more than 70% of carcinogenic effect of emissions. That diesel for transportation is like coal for electricity generation. We need community based policy. There was a belief that consumers will do the right thing when given options. One out of 12 Americans live in Southern California. Don’t underestimate the purchasing power of a City or County. Not a dollar more for fossil fuels.
In a discussion about the Paris agreement, there was an excited discussion about we are still in, even if President Trump has walked away.
Being in Los Angeles and proximity to Hollywood, there was a discussion about “Climate Crisis on camera” with Alan Horn. We learned that Alan is also on the NRDC board, with wife Cindy Horn on the Climate Reality board. This one couple paid for the venue for over 2200 people.
In closing, some take-away quotes from Mr Gore:
Climate change is not a political issue, it’s a personal issue
“95% of time spent persuading people to do something when they damn well knew they should do it in their own self interest” – Al Gore quoting President Harry Truman
We’re an army of activists that won’t go away
Each month less than 1 American hears about climate change from a trusted source. We need to present to family, schools, civics
Policy doesn’t match public opinion – amplify voices of others
65% population get urgent need to act on climate, yet the climate crisis doesn’t make list of top 10 issues in US. In Germany, the climate crisis is #1, terrorism is #2.
important to change light bulbs, more important to change the laws and policy
we’re working with 3 budgets
time budget – complete presentation in allotted time
complexity budget – don’t overtax people
hope budget – this is a problem from hell, leave the audience with hope
Politicians see uncertainly as an opportunity to delay.
CA decision by cities and towns to go 100% RE – things change when you make commitment – yeah!
Georgetown TX example – red state, mayor was CPA and numbers made sense
Colorado State – student pressure
GDP up, population up, emissions down – Both CA and Sweden show that economy can be decoupled from fossil fuel emissions
In response to a question about energy storage other than Lithium Ion, there’s compressed gas storage, flywheels, flo batteries (?), and… 90% of storage in world is pumped hydro.
Paris agreement agreed not only on voluntary targets, but also transparency on the info. Our governments are obligated to review and ratchet commitments. My translation – we can demand more transparency from PHL.
The Climate Reality Project has focused on training presenters. In 2017, they tried forming chapters, many across the globe. Of note is that the Pittsburgh chapter has 500 members. And a Mayor who is on-board with the transition. The Southeastern PA chapter, which would include Philadelphia, is gearing up.
Returned home from today’s City Council hearing. It was a discussion about the environmental health disparities & the impact of pollutants in at-risk neighborhoods, and organized by City Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services, chair Council member Cindy Bass, see resolution No. 180785.
Many people testified, including these:
Dr Thomas Farley, Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
Glen Abrams, Senior director of Sustainable Communities, PHS
Mike Ewall, Founder & Director, Energy Justice Network
Jerome Shabazz, Executive Director, Overbrook environmental education center
Sue Edwards, Sierra Club PA & southeastern PA Group of the Sierra Club
Terri Burgin, Climate Justice Fellow, POWER Interfaith
Dr Walter Tsou, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Tammy Murphy, Medical Advocacy Director, Physicians for Social responsibility
Jennifer Clarke, Executive Director, The Public Interest Law center
Lynn Robinson, Neighbors Against the Gas Plants
Peter Winslow, Evolve Foundation
Eric Marsh, parent
Karen Melton, citizen
Alexa Ross, Philly Thrive
and more that I missed!
I, Meenal Raval, spoke up at the end, essentially this:
Let’s accept it. There’s no future for the teens who were here today. I could have told them about the students in Sweden and Australia are on a #ClimateStrike. Young people in their 20s are rising up for a #GreenNewDeal.
Philadelphia, too, must declare a climate emergency. We need to set up a Committee on the Climate Crisis, develop a Green New Deal for our City, and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions ASAP!
Last Thursday, a few of us met at a Quaker facilitated discussion on climate targets, specifically around the international Paris agreement last December, about getting our planetary temperature well below 1.5 degrees centigrade.
The topic? Uniting around targets.
We represented research & policy folks from regional environmental non-profits plus grassroots & faith-based activists.
Professor Donald Brown of Widener Law School, and blogger at Ethics & Climate, spoke about the need to set a carbon budget, asking us to keep in mind not just the business of reducing our carbon emissions, but to also maintain an ethical & moral perspective as we go forth.
We learned that this meant weaving in responsibility to future generations, equality for the current generations as well as the rights of developing nations.
Given all this, he suggested that the US target is not 80% carbon reduction by 2050, but the more equitable one of 100% carbon reduction by 2035.
In other words, we need to be carbon neutral in 18 years. Gasp! Apparently, speed matters.
In the discussion that followed, I learned that the Sierra Club’s goals include a carbon-free electric sector for 2030, and carbon neutral by 2050.
We had some excited discussion about targets that are politically acceptable versus those that are demanded by physics and ethics.
As we parted, I sensed an agreement that we need to work together, despite our divergent tactics, but still reeling in shock at the carbon budget for our state and the speed by which we need to get there.
A follow-on solutions-based public meeting to discuss getting our state of Pennsylvania to this goal of carbon neutral in 18 years, is set for the evening of Wednesday May 18th. It’s from 7 to 9 in the evening at the Friends Center at 1501 Cherry Street in Center City Philadelphia. If Center City is too far for you, you can also join via a webinar. Details and registration here on EventBrite, and here on Facebook, too, for up-to-the-minute dialog. Please join me & others for this discussion.
The old Sunoco refinery near Point Breeze, now run by Philadelphia Energy Solutions (my photo)
On August 3, 1684, as an influx of early business developers flocked to the new port city, Philadelphia founder William Penn issued an unusual edict. Waterfront development had begun to block public access to the Delaware River, an important resource for early colonists. “The water,” Penn decreed, “is no purchaser’s.” Owners of waterfront property would have to extend city streets to the river and keep them open to the public.1
Thus began Philadelphia’s perennial battle between industrial development and recreational use along its waterfront districts. Today the battle takes place around the Southport Marine Terminal, where Phil Rinaldi’s Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) seeks to develop a large open space along the Delaware River into a fossil fuel export hub.
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA), a state-controlled entity, unveiled the PES proposal, one of…
It was a pleasure to hear the Community & Environmental Legal Defense Fund’s founder Thomas Linzey bring to life a subject I’ve rarely given much thought to: our constitution and how it was based on English law, both of which placed commerce & property above people, communities & nature.
Linzey, a man who once ran for US President, who went to Widener Law School, and who in 2008 assisted Ecuador to craft a constitution that included a bill of rights for Nature. The concept of a bill of rights for Nature seems so obvious, except that this was the first instance of rights for nature anywhere.
CELDF is a law firm offering pro bono legal services, recognized nationally for success with 190 wins and 4 losses. Despite the legal wins, they learnt that communities could only permit less harm and were thereby legalizing harm with permits & regulations. We need to change the conversation from harm to rights; to who makes the decisions. We need rights-based ordinances; that to prohibit harm, there’s not a remedy within the existing regulatory system.
There was an example of State College, where Penn State wanted to replace a coal power plant with gas, had a partnership with Columbia Gas, and permits in hand from DEP & PUC for a pipeline thru the center of town; the community eventually won because they had earlier signed in a community bill of rights.
Another example was of Grant & Highland townships in Pennsylvania. Who banned disposal of fracking waste-water. When the gas company responded with a lawsuit, the township had dissolved and morphed into another legal entity.
To date, CELDF has helped over 200 communities set up rights-based ordinances.
The Democratic Primary is next Tuesday, May 19th. Philadelphia Democrats will select the candidate virtually certain to become our next Mayor. Of the 6 in the running, Jim Kenney rises to the top, both in our opinion and in recent polls.
The next most likely contender is Anthony Hardy Williams who has close ties to outside millionaires intent on the privatization of our schools as well as the Marcellus Shale Coalition, which employs his wife and has contributed to his campaign. Williams has also refused to distance himself from anti-Muslim extremists.
We believe that Williams is divisive and toxic to Philadelphia, but that he has a serious chance of winning if the vote is split between Kenney and other candidates with progressive politics. This would be tragic for Philadelphia in many ways, and would mark a turning from the green agenda of the Nutter administration backwards toward a 19th century vision of pollution, economic stagnation and accelerating climate catastrophe.
There has been some concern expressed in environmental circles about the presence of Phil Rinaldi, CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, on Jim’s Policy Committee. We also were concerned about this and asked for a meeting with Jim and his policy chief, which turned out to be extremely productive.
Our team of representatives from interfaith groups, environmental groups, labor & business, all opposed to the dirty energy hub, new pipelines, dangerous oil trains, and fracking, found Kenney most willing to listen to us as we educated him and his team about the moral issues around climate change as well as the value of green investment over fossil fuel investment in creating jobs without sacrificing clean air, clean water and clean food.
Dr. Poune Saberi practices as an occupational & environmental medicine physician, and serves on the boards of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Professor Kenneth Lande has taught at the University of Pennsylvania since 1959. He is one of the most prestigious physicists in the US and is known for his extensive research on the impact of fossil fuel extraction and use on health, safety and the environment.
Dianne Herrin is a green development champion with training and experience with LEED Operations and Maintenance, carbon accounting/reporting, municipal energy planning, energy master planning, and has ISO 50001 certification.
These three advocates will be at the table when energy and economic development decisions are made in the Kenney administration.
In addition, the Kenney policy team included substantial input from us into a new energy policy for Philadelphia. We’re delighted with the result, which includes a goal of 80% carbon reduction by 2050.
With three world-class policy advisors with extensive policy background on his team, Kenney actually has the expertise and experience at his disposal to move on concrete, doable steps toward this goal. The policy doesn’t just talk about carbon reduction. It lays out specific policy to reduce building energy use, to reduce the emissions from the City fleet, to implement a green (and local) procurement program, to incentivize renewable energy, to encourage more green roof infrastructure, and more!
We believe this puts Kenney head and shoulders above the rest of the candidates, even those who claim to support green development but don’t put forward specific plans and still maintain that a fossil fuel hub can be achieved without environmental sacrifice.
A week before our crucial meeting with Jim and his team, GRID magazine endorsed Nelson Diaz for Mayor. Many of us were disappointed to see this from a local magazine educating our region on sustainability, but found it understandable because Kenney’s new appointments and policy had not become public. Now, there is no reason not to feel GREAT leaving the voting booth, not wasting a vote on a candidate who can’t win, but propelling a true champion into office.
Last we heard, Diaz only had 4% at the polls. This primary could be won by a narrow margin, so remember that voting for Diaz is taking a vote from Kenney, and handing it to Anthony Williams, the corporate candidate, financed by the fracking industry, school privatizers and anti-Muslim voices.
A few more points about Jim Kenney: He’s local, born, educated and lived all his life in Philly, and committed to all of its residents. Our local paper, the Inquirer, wrote this about him on May 7th: “Kenney called passionate, loyal to a fault, driven to do right.” Earlier, on May 3rd, a Philadelphia Magazine article, The (New) Jim Kenney for Mayor, explained his evolution from an impassioned young man to a seasoned politician.
He’s experienced around City Hall. The recent May 11th Daily News editorial wrote this: “Kenney has shown himself to be independent, especially when you consider the lack of support for many of his pet causes. He knows how the city and its politics work, and is smart and open to new ideas.”
He listens. Even to people different from him. Examples abound in his openness to LGBT
rights, to marijuana reform, to immigration reform. And now, to dealing with climate disruption in our region.