As I understand it, last year the Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are air pollutants subject to federal regulation under the Clean Air Act. If the EPA finds they are a threat to the public, the court said, the agency is required to produce regulations to reduce the risk. Apparently, the EPA report found that indeed, greenhouse gases are a public threat but that the Clean Air Act is inadequate to address the issues. Incidentally, the report released Friday called "Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" triggers a 120 day period allowing for public comment.
All this relates to a comment Councilperson Makar made last week just prior to the Town Board meeting: "Why can't we get anything done?" (He might have said it louder than that.) His frustration surrounds a number of good ideas that have grown into proposals and stalled there. Several of these hinge on putting to use a substantial fund the town has accumulated from repayments of former HUD loans.
David did a great deal of research for these proposals last year. And Jason Leifer has joined in the effort to put together proposals for:
- teaming with Tompkins County Area Development to make at least one substantial economic development loan,
- teaming with AFCU in a program to make matching grants to small businesses
- small grants to low and moderate income households to make home improvements related to energy conservation.
(Crossposted at Dryden Democrats)