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Congressional candidates elaborate on conservation goals

ANTHONY R. MANCINI
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Crowd at the League of Conservation Voters events at Historical Hall on Tuesday night.

 

The challenger for New York’s 18th Congressional District accused the incumbent, Rep. Nan Hayworth, of not being strong enough on environmental issues during a forum on Oct. 9 in Bedford Village.

Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney said Ms. Hayworth, a Republican from Mount Kisco, harbored Tea Party sentiments towards environmental policy such as favoring the oil and gas industry and trusting energy corporations to act on their own to prevent pollution.

“This isn’t even about Republicans and Democrats, this is about a Tea Party agenda that is so extreme that it does not put the environment as a priority,” Mr. Maloney said.

However, Ms. Hayworth said at the forum that she does favor environmental regulations on energy industries and wants to promote competition in the energy sector.

The candidates spoke one after the other at the Bedford Historical Hall at the forum, sponsored by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, an affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters, who rated Ms. Hayworth’s past environmental performance during her single term as congresswoman at 43 percent. Mr. Maloney said despite Ms. Hayworth’s score being higher than other freshmen congressional Republicans, it does not rack up to other local members of Congress.

“You got to work to get a 43,” Mr. Maloney said. “You’ve got to make a choice to vote against the Hudson Valley and the environment every step along the way.”

Ms. Hayworth did not take any shots at Mr. Maloney or even mention him or his attacks during her speech. She instead focused on policy.

“I’m here in hopes of making the term 'environmentalist Republican' not an oxymoron,” Ms. Hayworth said. “My goal is to represent the Hudson Valley, to protect the beauties of this valley: land, water and air and to do so in a way that honors the concepts of balance and sustainability.”

Ms. Hayworth said she supports high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York, especially if the process is federally regulated and not exempt from the Safe Water Drinking Act and Clean Water Act anymore, which have clauses deregulating the process, often dubbed the Halliburton loophole.

“I do hope that we can perform some recovery of this very clean carbon source for as long as we rely on carbon energy,” she said. “Natural gas is an excellent source. It’s the best source we have for carbon.”

Ms. Hayworth said it is not likely any hydraulic fracturing would take place in her district if approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water, sand and solvents into a well bore to split up bedrock, releasing oil or natural gas. Opponents say the process could contaminate nearby groundwater and air.

Mr. Maloney does not support the process.

“I think fracking is a terrible idea and we should never do it in the Hudson Valley,” Mr. Maloney said. “I think it’s outrageous that the Halliburton exemption exists. I think it’s outrageous that we don’t know what’s being put in the ground and I don’t think we can trust folks who are taking tens of thousands of dollars from that industry to look out for our best interest.”

Ms. Hayworth said she supports the continued operation of the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, as long as the nuclear plant continues to meet safety standards. She said an accident at the plant is unlikely.

“The possibility that it would actually undergo a catastrophic event of that sort is so vanishingly small that I would rather see it continue to operate and not have substituted in a carbon-producing source that we know will cause damage,” she said.

Mr. Maloney said he does not support a continued operation of the plant and that Ms. Hayworth’s support for Indian Point is a result of an over $15,000 campaign contribution from Entergy, the plant's operator.

“Indian Point is going away whether we fight about it for 20 years or 10 years,” Mr. Maloney said. “We should never had had a plant there.”

Ms. Hayworth said she would rather see cleaner methods of obtaining energy, as long as they can compete in the economy.

“I’d rather see natural gas supplant coal and I’d rather see noncarbon sources supplant both of those,” she said. “When we start picking and choosing winners in the commercial marketplace, I think we run into tremendous trouble, so I would like to see thousands of green jobs come to the Hudson Valley.”

The congresswoman said she realizes energy sources like wind power could halt if not subsidized by the government.

“It’s a very expensive form of energy for the United States right now,” she said. “I'm not convinced that that’s the best place for us to devote resources as opposed to other initiatives, but I’m happy to entertain the evidence.”

Mr. Maloney said measures to protect the environment are not necessarily job killers. He said his time working as staff secretary during President Bill Clinton's administration revealed this.

“I think some of the things we did in the ‘90s should have proven once and for all that we can grow the economy, help the middle class and you can protect the environment at the same time,” he said.

The Cold Spring Democrat, who also worked as a secretary for governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, public employee pension funds should be used to fund environmental projects.

“We don’t have the resources in the public sector now to do all the infrastructure we want to do and we can’t just keep taking municipal debt to do it,” he said. “You have to have new funding structures. That’s why we need a state infrastructure bank, that’s why we need a federal infrastructure bank.”


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