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Seneca Lake Guardian responds to Kathy Hochul’s inaugural address

Following Governor Hochul’s inaugural address to the State today, Seneca Lake Guardian issued the following statement:

“After tuning into Governor Hochul’s address, we appreciate her bold commitments to combatting the Delta variant, providing much needed economic relief to New Yorkers, and bringing back transparency to Albany. However, we were disappointed by the lack of immediate environmental priorities her incoming administration will pursue. As long time residents of the Finger Lakes, we are passionate about protecting our home and all that reside here. This region is full of precious wildlife, agriculture, and ecosystems which contribute to a flourishing agritourism industry that remains a significant economic driver for the state.

Yet, for the Finger Lakes to continue on this path, we mustn’t allow corporations like Greenidge Generation to operate a dangerous proof of work cryptocurrency mining business that is polluting our lakes and air, killing wildlife, and affecting farm cultivation across the region. We must do everything we can to protect our home and the beings who inhabit it.

We look forward to working with Governor Hochul and her administration to take swift action in addressing these pressing issues facing our state. The threat of expansion proof of work cryptocurrency mining lies in every corner of New York and is an issue that will affect all New Yorkers. We strongly believe that this issue cannot be fought town by town, but collectively as concerned New Yorkers.

As more dormant power plants are transformed into these mining facilities, it’s only a matter of time before they wreak irrevocable harm on our communities and ecosystems. And if left unchecked, this industry will continue to undermine New York’s ambitious CLCPA goals to reduce greenhouse gases. It’s on all of us to ensure the places we call home may continue to prosper for generations to come,” said Joseph Campbell, President and co-founder of Seneca Lake Guardian.