Environmental Advocates of New York and Friends Bleeding Upstate Dry

Vic Furman - American PrideVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner, Shale Gas Activist


Environmental Advocates of New York, the Riverkeeper, EarthJustice, NY-PIRG, Sierra Club et al are simply bleeding Upstate New York dry says Vic Furman.

If you live in Upstate New York you either know what’s going on politically, or you have your head stuck in the “colon highway of ignorance.” Most people who come here to read blog posts are well aware and can’t wait to read the responses from the ignorant mentioned. If Tom prints this as written, then by now you have a smirk of anticipation of what’s to be written below.

My inspiration for this blog came from this letter I just received from Peter M. Iwanowicz, the
Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York. Here is the bulk of his attempt to fundraise from Upstate residents his organization is bleeding dry, gradually turning everything north of Orange County into the New Amsterdam Wilds, an empty barren opportunity desert reverting to a wilderness playground for city elites.

Mr. Furman,

We never could have had this much success without your donations, your advocacy, and your feet on the ground. The tremendous achievements of 2019 were years in the making and came about because you are as committed as we are to a healthier and cleaner place to live, work, and play. Your actions, be they gifts or advocacy, directly feed our frontline efforts that then protect communities and improve the lives of the nearly 20 million people that call New York home.

This year will be filled with challenges and opportunities. As we fight the awful policies that are flowing from the Trump administration, we will continue to press New York’s leaders to further protect our environment. The promises made in law 50 years ago of clean water to drink and air safe for all to breathe are still unfulfilled. Today, as another generation marches to demand action, 2020 must be the year for lawmakers to respond. With you all at our side, we have the power and the momentum to make our state a much better place

Peter M. Iwanowicz
Executive Director

Now look, unlike our Empire State Democrat Party dictators in Albany, especially Governor Cuomo, when it comes to the freedom to express your beliefs, I applaud Peter’s right to raise funds from Rockefeller types to support his beliefs, but what his letter offensive is that he doesn’t truly believe in his cause! How else can you explain the fact they use that which they are trying to stop us from developing? Yes, Environmental Advocates of New York is located in this ugly building in a neighborhood served by natural gas:

Environmental Advocates of New York

Environmental Advocates of New York offices in gas-served neighborhood in Albany

The problem is when people get paid twice the national average to advocate their beliefs (Peter got paid $146,206 and the organization  took in $1,226,312 in 2018 based on what Environmental Advocates of New York reported to the IRS for the year), shouldn’t they practice what they preach by? There are none, of course. Yet, they preach environmental protection above everything else, suggesting entire populations of others give up modern life. They terrorize children and the uninformed with climate scare tactics, trying to make people believe the fossil fuels we so desperately rely upon should somehow be abandoned, while they continue use them themselves.

What I find particularly offensive about Peter M. Iwanowicz’s celebration of his work in 2019 is that he attributes his huge success to people like me, according to his letter! Let’s review the success he is denying the people of Upstate New York:

  1. Economic revitalization for an Upstate New York that is bleeding dry for the people like me, who live here and have to find a way to survive.
  2. An Upstate New York that is bleeding some 6.5 thousand residents a month because we are denied this economic revitalization opportunity.
  3. Natural gas jobs, inexpensive energy for businesses and homes and ad valorem taxes from gas production that would stays in our communities and mitigate our unconscionably high New York State tax burden.

And, who are the accomplices in this Death to Upstate persecution, this rural cleansing?

  • Environmental Advocates of New York
  • Riverkeeper
  • EarthJustice
  • New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
  • Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE)
  • Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
  • Clean & Healthy New York

Sound familiar? Plus, Upstate New York now has a legislator signed onto this sellout; Democrat Senator Jen Metzger who represents Delaware and Sullivan Counties, and is now the newest cheerleader in the war on our gas leasing, and well drilling rights.

On December 17, 2019, Metzger introduced a bill in Albany to put a permanent ban on our future, and ability to seek the American dream,. This was on the 5th anniversary of the Zucker-Cuomo dog and pony show., no less.

This is a ban that would stop drilling in New York altogether and wipe out the interests of her own rural constituents in Delaware and Sullivan Counties. Meanwhile, her party and her governor are pushing solar and farms on Upstaters who don’t want them, not to mention setting criminals free, restricting guns, giving licenses to illegal aliens and otherwise throwing the people of Upstate New York under the bus. It’s all part of the plan, I guess, to drive out all Upstaters, even her own constituents. This is New York State today, thanks to groups such as Environmental Advocates of New York and their rich friends.

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17 thoughts on “Environmental Advocates of New York and Friends Bleeding Upstate Dry

  1. The question that begs asking as always is: where is the main stream media in all of this? Why are they silent on the continuing downward spiral of the Southern Tier in particular and upstate in general? Do the Rockefellers et al own all the news outlets or have a stranglehold somehow on what is published? Why is Tom, Vic, and others seemingly the only ones astute enough to write about what is so blatantly obvious? I’ve posted this U.S. Senate report many times before here, but it deserves more exposure as it is a fantastic summary of all the groups and people who are engaged in killing upstate NY – http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/6ce8dd13-e4ab-4b31-9485-6d2b8a6f6b00/chainofenvironmentalcommand.pdf P.S. I’ve given up on submitting op – eds to the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin as it seems they have a penchant for hitting the delete key once they see my name.

    • What seems more blatantly obvious is that if NY allowed fracking, it wouldn’t provide a big increase in jobs, nor would it be a stable economic force. Vic says NY is bleeding dry, but that’s even more true of the fracking industry. There are far better ways to boost NY economically, while providing sustainable energy, agricultural and transport systems. Looking at a waning technology as a panacea is foolish.

      • So many anti gas advocates make the claim that tbere are far better ways to achieve economical stability in the upstate NY area but never give the recipe, they deny the truth of energy independence and the millions of jobs gas and oil maintain and grow. The only thing the anti sees in their falsities that spew from their mouths is the success in which they exemplify the ignorance while unable to understand it. Perhaps they do though, perhaps the 15 minutes is their drug of choice, or maybe they unlike myself are pocketing money from Gazprom, a Russian fuel company. Maybe the foundations paychecks entice them to shut their eyes in the face of reality. Their are no economic benifits from drilling gas, saying that is as ignorant as wanting to put a two year old boy back in the womb because your tired of parenting. Grow some cohones and at least be honest in your rebuttals. Make yourself proud again while gas and oil and Trump makes America great again

      • Glenn Wahl: You stated : “There are far better ways to boost NY economically, while providing sustainable energy, agricultural and transport systems. Looking at a waning technology as a panacea is foolish.” Not a single way is offered to “boost” NY economically. An absurd set of talking points that could easily have been uttered by a useful idiot of Putin. The Russians love hearing this incessant mantra that farmers and landowners in NY had to endure from billionaire funded “non – profits” like the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Catskill Mountainkeeper and hundreds of others who are propped up by the Park Foundation, Heinz Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers, and others.
        Cuomo has created a new state: the Parasite State which was formerly the Empire State. What better example of parasitism than using gas from any other source except your own state. This criminal in Albany even has the nerve to dictate to upstate that they have to erect intermittent, thus not “sustainable”, wind and solar power plants while he has the gall to use natural gas to replace Indian Point Nuclear as well as a 16 megawatt micro grid in Albany to keep those bloated, over paid law makers warm during the winter. Don’t take my word for it about Methane Andy using nat gas as previously mentioned. Here’s links and excerpts from the Wall St Journal and Cuomo’s own web site. https://www.wsj.com/articles/andrew-cuomos-wind-farm-wont-fly-without-fracking-1526679929 that indicates how Indian Point will be replaced: “If Indian Point closes as scheduled, the New York Independent Systems Operators (NYISO) expects its output will be replaced by electricity from three gas-fired plants now under construction, including the 678-megawatt CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda, N.Y., the 1,020-megawatt Cricket Valley Energy Center in Dover, N.Y., and a 120-megawatt addition to the Bayonne Energy Center in New Jersey.“
        https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-locally-sourced-microgrid-power-empire-state-plaza A paragraph from the link is as follows: “The power generation facility will be located on Sheridan Avenue in a dormant waste-recovery steam plant that was decommissioned in 1994 and is attached to the steam plant currently in use. The upgraded system will allow on-site power generation from two new 8 megawatt, clean-burning, natural gas-fired turbine generators that will also have dual fuel capabilities. As a byproduct of the electrical generation, the natural gas turbines will generate steam to serve heating and cooling needs of the entire plaza.”
        Cuomo has his own useful idiot DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos who hails from the NRDC as did his predecessor, Joe Martens of the Catskill Mountainkeeper and the Open Space Institute. The corruption in NY is without parallel and folks like yourself are helping Cuomo, Seggos, et al to empty out upstate and cover it with 3,000 acre solar “farms” like those being built in Niagara County in the towns of Hartland and Cambria – https://www.facebook.com/protectourruralcommunities/ Be sure to close the door behind you when you leave.

  2. Where are all your Republican friends and Trump loving friends…?

    Maybe, even to them what you believe in and advocate is not so obvious or true ..

    You and your cohorts are like Don Quixote wildly flaying at the windmills of your “truth” to no avail…

    You are alone in your own sea of fake news.

    May you find comfort and peace somewhere and somehow…

    • Perhaps Vera you know not what you speak of. I find comfort and peace in my natural gas warmed home. I dont live in the hypocrisy of my ideals as you do. When I turn on a light, or reach in my refrigerator for a plastic container of milk, or pull a blanket off me when it’s 15 degrees outside I thank a roughnecks. I am at peace knowing my comfort is on demand and that comfort doesn’t call for me to bask it the cover of hypocrisy as it does you. HOW DARE YOU… turn off your heat and park your car you troll, this is my planet and my feet are firmly upon it, not kicking the sides of a unicorn as you glide through your fantasies of solar serenity to the tunes of blowing In the wind. Your reality is unreachable which is why you don’t live it but expect others to.

      • interesting.
        you sounded like Greta Thunberg with your words in caps:
        ” HOW DARE YOU”…!!

        May your use and love of gas help somehow with your anger, frustration and name-calling…..

        may you find serenity and peace with your religious faith.


    • Vera,

      you are a sad, tired old troll incapable of finding the truth if it hit you in the head.
      From the US Energy Information Agency Annual Report for 2019:
      The United States becomes a net energy exporter in 2020 and remains so throughout the projection period as a result of large increases in crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) production coupled with slow growth in U.S. energy consumption.
      Of the fossil fuels, natural gas and NGPLs have the highest production growth, and NGPLs account for almost one-third of cumulative U.S. liquids production during the projection period.
      Natural gas prices remain comparatively low based on historical prices during the projection period, leading to increased use of this fuel across end-use sectors and increased liquefied natural gas exports.
      The power sector experiences a notable shift in fuels used to generate electricity, driven in part by historically low natural gas prices. Increased natural gas-fired electricity generation; larger shares of intermittent renewables; and additional retirements of less economic coal and nuclear plants occur during the projection period.
      Increasing energy efficiency across end-use sectors keeps U.S. energy consumption relatively flat, even as the U.S. economy continues to expand.

      Fake news? Nope.

  3. Ignore Vera. It’s doubtful she can ever comprehend just how much MISINFORMATION has been in the news because of the movement she belongs to.


    That’s a flashback to when Mr Iwanowicz went back to work for the antifracking org Environmental advocates written by an anifracking movement reporter named Brian Nearing who now works for NY state.

    Here is another flashback from WikiLeaks that appears to be an email about fracking attempting to influence Hillary Clinton in 2016 from Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky.


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  6. The only way to resolve this is to get Gov. Cuomo out of office!
    New York needs term limits for Gov. of New York It should be 2 terms and your done.
    This should be put on the next ballot and a vote taken for term limits in New York, maybe we can have Vic Furman start an online petition to get this on the next vote/ballot to get Gov. Cuomo out of office and maybe we will have a chance at Fracking in New York!

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