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Press Conference and Seminar to Highlight Job-Killing Impact of RGGI Cap & Trade Scheme

August 10, 2011 J

Americans for Prosperity and state and local elected officials will hold a joint press conference next Tuesday, August 16th in the Town of Somerset to draw attention to the threat posed to seventeen power plants in the Upstate New York Region.

The event is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Somerset Town Hall, 8700 Haight Road, with state Senator George Maziarz, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, Somerset Councilman Daniel Engert, and AFP NJ Director Steve Lonegan to highlight the destructive impact the RGGI Cap & Trade scheme and other burdensome taxes on ratepayers are having on upstate New York.

The press conference will draw attention specifically to the threat posed to AES Somerset Generation Plant and the region’s sixteen other coal plants. Last year, AES Somerset was forced to suspend operations due to economic pressures brought about by the RGGI Cap & Trade program and other regulatory mandates.

Recently, the Town Council of Somerset, along with 4 other town councils located in Niagara County, passed a resolution calling for Governor Cuomo to repeal Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative which was enacted by an Executive Order in 2008 by Governor Paterson.

Steve Lonegan, state director of Americans for Prosperity’s New Jersey chapter, who spearheaded the effort to put a stop to the Garden State’s participation in the RGGI Cap & Trade program, will discuss the destructive economic impacts of the program. Mr. Lonegan will also discuss the lawsuit filed to stop New York’s participation in RGGI.

The press conference will be followed by a seminar with area residents in the evening.

Please join us!

RGGI Taxpayer Action Seminar
Who: AFP-New Jersey State Director Steve Lonegan, Niagara County Legislator John Syracuse
When: 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Where: Somerset Town Hall 8700 Haight Road Barker NY 14012

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