Mammon hates Jay Sweeney

March 21, 2013

And,Jay Sweeney hates no one.

Here is an announcement from Jay Sweeney(Chair of the Green Party of Pa.):

Calling on those who wish to live in harmony with the Earth and protect the planet from assault, abuse and devastation!

Please join us on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, as we call on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to fulfill its mission to “protect Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment” and to “work as partners with individuals, organizations, governments and businesses to prevent pollution and restore our natural resources.”

Join us as we gather at DEP’s regional offices in Harrisburg, Norristown, Meadeville, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport to demand:
The resignation of DEP Secretary Michael Krancer for failure to fulfill the DEP mission
No more permits for gas wells, compressor stations, pipelines, water withdrawals and other infrastructure related to natural gas, coal or oil extraction
No more toxic secrets — full disclosure of water test results and other studies done by the DEP
Justice for those harmed by the oil and gas industry
The reopening of the DEP Office of Energy and Technology Deployment to develop solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies

Earth Day Statement from Pennsylvania Green Party

April 21, 2011

Here is a press release from Jay Sweeney of the Green Party:

Friday April 22 marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. The seventies brought promise with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the passage of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. That promise fades with the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the damaged nuclear complex in Japan and the threat to Pennsylvania’s water, land and air from drilling for natural gas.The Green Party of Pennsylvania calls upon Governor Corbett to fulfill his oath of office and the DEP to follow it’s mission and protect our environment. “Natural gas drilling will consume the equivalent of Harvey’s Lake, the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania, in less than 2 years time.” states Green Party activist Jay Sweeney. “The dumping of ‘treated’ wastewater into our rivers and streams is a public health threat as noted by Dr. Conrad Volz in his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works last week.”

The Green Party of Pennsylvania has endorsed a resolution calling for a ban of the hydrofracking process. See below.

“The Corbett administration reminds us, day after day, of who helped get them get into office and who is really pulling their strings,” remarks I.K. Samways, Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. “To treat a severance tax as a third rail while insisting on a political seal of approval for DEP inspection reports is irresponsible in the extreme. Hydrofracking remains a volatile and poorly regulated process, where the very health of our citizens has become little more than a political trading horse. A ban on the process, as called for in the Green Party’s resolution, will put an end to this blatant misuse of our natural resources and keep us on the road to a much more responsible and sustainable energy policy.”

“For years, we’ve been told that natural gas is cleaner than traditional gasoline, and so despite the concerns about water, it was still the more environmental thing to do.” adds former Chair, Hillary Kane. “We now know that fracking releases so much methane into the air at the time of extraction that the carbon footprint of natural gas is actually worse than coal. There is no reason to be doing this.”

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is also sponsoring Earth Day rallies outside DEP Regional offices on Thursday April 21. On Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm, there will be a rally outside the DEP Northeast Regional office on 2 Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. Also on Thursday from 4 to 6 pm, there will be a rally outside the DEP Southeast Regional Office on 2 E. Main St. in Norristown. The Green Party would like to thank it’s Earth Day Coalition partners Citizens for Clean Water,, End Gasocracy Now!, Protecting Our Waters, Brandywine Peace Community, Buxmont Coalition for Peace Action and Saint Vincent’s Peace and Justice Ministry.

New Green Party of PA Statement on Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale

Green Party of Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Statement

Whereas Marcellus shale natural gas is not a transitional fuel, but an impediment to a clean energy policy that conserves energy and develops solar, wind, geothermal, micro hydro and other renewable technologies, and

Whereas methane (CH4) a greenhouse gas and the principal component of natural gas is more harmful than carbon dioxide (CO2), and

Whereas the Energy Act of 2005 exempted the oil & gas industry from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and

Whereas natural gas fracking results in a level of devastation on the scale of the previous oil, timber and coal exploitation of our natural heritage, and

Whereas the byproducts of the hydrofracking process include the release of radioactive materials into the environment, and

Whereas hydraulic fracturing squanders our precious water resources and poisons drinking water, private wells and public supplies, and

Whereas natural gas extraction poses dangers, including explosions, threatening those employed by the industry as well as the general public, and

Whereas Article 1, Section 27 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania states, “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people,” and

Whereas there is a total failure to regulate extractive industries including the failure to prevent illegal water withdrawals by the oil & gas industry in Western Pennsylvania, and

Whereas Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have passed ordinances calling for a ban and a moratorium, respectively,

Be it resolved that, we, citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and members of the Green Party of Pennsylvania, call for the termination and prohibition of all natural gas extraction involving the use of our Commonwealth’s water resources. We call for a ban immediately stopping all high volume, slick water, horizontal fracturing of deep shale, including exploration, in Pennsylvania and worldwide.

Be it further resolved that the Green Party of Pennsylvania believes the short term economic benefits will be dwarfed by the long term economic and environmental consequences of natural gas extraction. Any and all political and legal means must be employed to protect our environment.

In the interim, the right of local communities to protect themselves and assert their rights through local ordinance is supported by the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

Vote Sweeney State Representative in the 111th District

November 2, 2010

I will be at the polls in Tunkhannock Township tomorrow afternoon, volunteering for Jay Sweeney’s candidacy.   He is lean and Green and has a chance.

In the morning I will vote at the Back Mountain Library, then take  my mom to vote at the Dallas Township Building before heading north.

I am voting for Sestak, and  Onorato.

Please make sure to vote.

Sweeney Announces Candidacy

September 7, 2010

Today, on the lawn of the Wyoming County Courthouse,  Mr. Jay Sweeney of Falls Township, PA announced his candidacy for  Representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the 111th district.  Mr. Sweeney is a member of the Green Party and has campaigned previously for this seat.  In 2006 he recieved 17.5% of the vote.

Following, is his announcement speech:

I am here today to announce my campaign for State Representative in the 111th District. I am running first and foremost to protect our environment from the oil & gas industry. Our legislators and the Department of Environmental Protection have failed us.
Drilling for natural gas is not a bridge to the future, it is a shackle to the past and will delay the implementation of a true green energy policy. Water is the bridge to the future. Without it, we won’t get there. We are being asked to sacrifice our water for natural gas. Just ask the residents of Carter Road in Dimock.

The oil & gas industry has initiated a campaign to convince the public that there is a lot of misunderstanding about hydrofracking and their industry uses less water than other energy producers. In 2 years time, drilling and fracking for gas in the Marcellus Shale has resulted in unregulated water withdrawals, polluted drinking water, toxic spills, blowbacks, explosions, fish kills, injury and death to employees of the gas and oil industry. This is unacceptable! I am not opposed to people making money, but, I do believe we should protect our water at all costs. I propose a ban on fracking in the Marcellus Shale. Until we are presented with a safe means of extracting gas, I say leave it alone. I support a retroactive Severance Tax on extracted gas and oppose the use of forced pooling to allow drilling on land of those who do not wish it. I also oppose the use of eminent domain to secure pipeline passage.

Gas drilling and gambling were proposed as revenue generators for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet the past 2 years have seen revenue shortfalls and drastic cuts in the state budget. Unemployment is at 10%. DEP has been nearly decimated and now relies on permits from natural gas drilling for funding. This is unacceptable.

Table games have been added to casinos increasing revenue to the Commonwealth. Tax payers want to know, what happened to the property tax relief we were supposed to see?
Where is the gaming revenue going? This is unacceptable!

The efforts of the Governor and the General Assembly to create jobs and revenue have been a failure.

The General Assembly has a surplus of $300 million. This money is for the General Assembly to use at their discretion. This is unacceptable! This money should be immediately returned to the General Fund.

Farming is still the largest industry in Pennsylvania, yet our farmers struggle to make ends meet. This is unacceptable!

I propose a system of direct marketing for our farmers including providing for our schools and other institutions. Our dairy industry has dwindled over the past 20 years yet there are examples of successful operations including the Leraysville Cheese Factory and Mannings in nearby Lackawanna county. Organic food sales have increased by 20% per year for the last 20 years. There is a demand and people are willing to pay a premium. We must protect our farmland and water so our farmers can take advantage of this economic opportunity. Let’s put people to work providing wholesome, safe food.

Tourism is another major industry in trouble. Hunting, fishing, kayaking, camping, fall foliage trips and our lovely towns such as Tunkhannock are all attractions to our area yet they are in danger due to truck traffic, woodland loss and the industrialization of our area as a result of natural gas drilling. This is unacceptable!

Governor Rendell has proposed a series of new taxes on the hard working people of Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, many of the corporations operating in Pennsylvania pay no tax. This is unacceptable! I say, close the corporate tax loophole and give the residents of the Commonwealth a break.

I propose a green and sustainable vision for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We need to implement a 21st Century energy policy based on clean energy sources. I am not talking about natural gas, nuclear or clean coal. Let’s put people to work building and installing solar, wind, hydro-electric and geothermal systems.

I propose a mass transit system to reduce some of the auto traffic and preserve our roads. We also need bike lanes on all of our roads. Let’s put people to work building and installing an efficient mass transit, bike and rail system.

I propose full funding for DEP to pre 2008 levels and a Secretary who will see that our natural resources are protected for generations yet to come.

I propose we support and encourage small scale manufacturing operations. We should be assisting these kind of manufacturers instead of trying to lure industry with Keystone Opportunity Zones, interest free loans and tax brakes. Let’s put people to work in small scale manufacturing operations.

I support Single Payer Health Care legislation for Pennsylvania such as HB 1660. Pennsylvania should opt out of the federal health care plan which is a boon to the insurance industry at the expense of the people. Let’s put people to work in a preventative, caring health system.

I support the Voters Choice Act SB 252 which would make it easier for Independent and third party candidates to get on the ballot. This bill would curtail the challenges and extortion that kept Green and Libertarian candidates for Senate and Governor off the ballot this year. Tens of thousands of voters who wanted these candidates on the ballot had the hopes dashed by the major parties.

I support medical marijuana legislation proposed by Representative Cohen and I support the exploration of hemp oil as a bio fuel.

We could have a Commonwealth were our jobs, food, energy, healthcare, travel and recreation are provided in a sustainable manner or we could continue on the path of industrialization at the expense of our quality of life. Vote for me if you prefer a sustainable future! Vote for me if you are not happy with business as usual! Vote for me if you want to keep Pennsylvania beautiful!|

After the speech Mr Sweeney took questions from the audience and was greeted with chants of “Sweeney, Sweeney”…

Earth Day Press Release

April 20, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Contact: Carl Romanelli, 570-574-0829
Jay Sweeney, 570-587-3603

Green Parties of Northeastern Pennsylvania to join citizen groups for Earth Day press conference/rally/protest regarding gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. Events are part of statewide events on drilling scheduled throughout Pennsylvania.

On Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010; groups from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania will come together on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre; beginning at 11 AM; for a press conference on the environmental threats of gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The event is being coordinated by the Green Parties of the northeastern section of the state. Greens from Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Wayne and Susquehanna counties participated in the planning of the event, along with members of various citizen groups concerned about this issue.

Among the activist groups supporting the Earth Day protests are: The Sierra Club, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (GDAC), Citizens for Clean Water, No Drill NEPA, Energy Justice; to name a few. Speakers will include Dr.Gere Reisinger of GDAC, Dr. Richard Aston of the Green Party, Atty. Frank J. Muraca from the PA Sierra Club and Jay Sweeney of the Wyoming County Green Party and candidate for State Representative in the 111th District.

Speakers will address the unified demands of environmentalists concerning drilling issues, which include:

* an immediate moratorium on all horizontal hydrofracturing in the Commonwealth, including in our state forests and on floodplains,
* an immediate freeze on all new Marcellus Shale drilling permits throughout Pennsylvania,
* the immediate suspension of the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basin Commissions’ authority to approve drilling-related water withdrawals anywhere in their respective watersheds, and, if necessary,
* the immediate resignation of DEP Secretary John Hanger.

Similar protests and rallies will be held throughout Pennsylvania on Thursday. They are planned for Norristown, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Meadville, and Williamsport. Speakers will be available to answer questions for the media from 11:00 to noon. Speakers and activities commence at 12:00 noon.