NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig Calls for Steps to Reduce Burning
of Dirty Fuels

Public Forum Presentation for St. Lawrence County Legislature

Monday, December 2, 2013, 7:00 PM

Legislative Board Room, St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Canton, NY USA

The life of burning natural gas, gasoline and diesel fuel is no longer
any good. In days passed, these fuels could be obtained without
inflicting tremendous harm upon the Earth. Now that fracking for gas
and oil and tar sands extraction are major energy acquisition
technologies using these fuels is a terribly destructive activity.

I have a great desire to separate myself from the ugliness of fracking
for gas and oil and
tar sands extraction. I am determined to start driving less. One way
to do this is taking the bus. I want bus lines and passenger rail
service here in the North Country that will be satisfactory
alternatives to driving.

County, state and federal governments need to work together to create
affordable and effective mass transit systems in NY-21. I am calling
for county governments throughout the district to start the ball
rolling on this. My home county is St. Lawrence County. I will start
here by making an appeal for action that will inspire collaborative
efforts from the higher levels of government. Where the grassroots
lead government will follow. My request is that St. Lawrence County
set up a mass transit task force charged with producing strategies for
developing excellent bus and train service within the region.