Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist
Southern Tier Solar Works threatened Vic Furman with police intervention if he dared to attend their educational forum and not conduct himself with decorum.
I recently registered for a solar event near me. It was to be conducted by an outfit known as Southern Tier Solar Works. I intended to attend and ask questions. I had seen an advertisement back in May for what was described as a community solar educational event to take place in nearby Sidney, New York and decided to save three spots for myself and friends. No big deal, right? Apparently, it was a big deal for the people at Southern Tier Solar Works, who seem awfully afraid of any questions I might ask.
I say this because this is the email response I received from Southern Tier Solar Works after registering (emphasis added):
From: Southern Tier Solar Works <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Subject: Important message regarding Wednesday event at Awestruck Ciders
To: Victor Furman <Vlfamf@aol.com>
Dear Mr. Furman,
Thank you for your interest in our event on Wednesday June 6th. These events are taking place in cooperation with county and local governments across the region for the benefit of their residents. While we welcome discussion that is respectful and on topic, you should be aware that we and our partners will not tolerate attempts to dominate or disrupt our educational programs.
Given your history of disrupting events, we respectfully ask that should you and your associates be planning on anything other than attending and maintaining proper decorum, that you please take this to another forum and respect this local small business. Otherwise, you and your associates are not welcome at this event and we shall notify the Sidney Policy Department to that effect.
We have made our partners aware of this situation as well. We also take the comfort and safety of our employees, interns and guests very seriously.
The STSW team
What kind of a reaction is this a day before the event? It took place last night but I decided, in the end, not to go. I took this correspondence as a threat that if I did show up, I’d better keep my mouth shut up as they wouldn’t call on me and if I dared to interrupt they would have me arrested. This a threat from a non-profit public charity group that wants to interact with local goverment agencies and do business in New York but doesn’t want to take any hard questions in an open forum.
“…initiative of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC) in partnership with the Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Catskill Mountainkeeper.”
They’re anti-gas activists, in other words, who are feeding at the public trough to advance their Catskill Mountainkeeper anti-gas message, using tax-exemption and taxpayer rip-offs and subsidies galore to do so. Yet, they speculated I might disrupt their meeting and ordered me to conduct myself with proper “decorum” or they’d send the police after me.
Anti-gas activists don’t mind disrupting public meetings at will, but dare to attend one of their sessions and their fear of Karma takes over. They suddenly take a stand for decorum and order. Give me a break! They simply don’t want anyone exposing the subsidies behind their scam or what their real purpose is. They aim to stop natural gas development that might help the Southern Tier economy.
Think I’m exaggerating? Check out the “Guiding Principles” of BRSC, which state that “growth is no longer the prime measurement of progress” and prattle on about the “holos,” “polycentrism,” the “creative molecular economy” and similar other garbage pseudo-intellectual nonsense.
Meanwhile, who can forget the most recently exposed and admitted complete failure of the Conklin, New York, Broome County Solar Farm that I spent months working on exposing through the FOIL process. The Broome County Executive recently admitted to Bob Josepth on local radio that the solar farm, for all practical purposes, has been one big expensive failure for the county.
I’m pleased my work helped expose this boondoggle but, apparently, Southern Tier Solar Works isn’t so happy. Its hardly a surprise given how much time these folks and their friends spent lobbying against natural gas and the landowners of the Southern Tier so they could later further their own business for personal gain. Call it a window into the world of anti-gas activism, intimidation and unjust profits at the expense of taxpayers.