Frank J. Regan 
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Re: “Earth Eve Climate March Forward

#RochesterNY, don’t miss this opportunity to demonstrate your love of Mother Earth at the #EarthEveMarch 4/21/2016 ‪#‎EarthDayRocs

Posted by Frank J. Regan on 04/15/2016 at 7:57 AM

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Re: “Climate report calls for 'unprecedented' action

It would be interesting to get feedback from those climate deniers who have actually read the IPCCs special report "Global Warming of 1.5 C", and the zillions of other expert climate reports for that matter, rather than simply mischaracterizing the motives and name calling those trying to get the public to pay attention to this crisis.

Only the short-term goals of the fossil fuel industry will be accomplished by continuing business as usual as our planet quickly warms. Climate Change is a moral problem and a real threat to our future no matter how much disdain climate deniers are willing to dump on the messengers. Science really does matter. Who are you going to listen to when it comes to your future?

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 10/18/2018 at 5:49 AM

Re: “Climate report calls for 'unprecedented' action

Like it or not, believe it or not, eyerolls or laughter, and even Trumps ignorance on Climate Change wont change the fact that even Rochester will have to adapt to this crisis. Climate denial springs from a desire to keep business as usual (which will extinct us eventually), not on science.

But #ScienceMatterseven in Rochester.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 10/17/2018 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Bike share has a health potential

Not to mention, Rochesters bike share program helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which help alleviate our Transportation sectors influence on Climate Change. A part of Citys Climate Action Plan includes getting more folks engaged in Active Transportation (walking and bicycling) so that we can help address Climate Change by considering how we get about our community.

As mentioned in the article, bikes help improve your health. Our transportation infrastructure can be a lot safer with more public education on getting everyone to follow the rules of the road and share our streets with vehicles.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 07/11/2018 at 8:53 AM

Re: “IJC says no plan would have stopped last year's flooding

If last years Lake Ontario flooding was due in part to Climate Change (and there are those who say it was), shouldnt Climate Change be the lens through which this issue addressed? Otherwise, the chances for solutions may be vanishingly small.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 06/22/2018 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Planning Commission approves revised plan for Cobbs Hill Village

I applaud City Newspaper for saying about this Cobbs Hill Project the project continues to face bitter opposition and But it has faced opposition from a vocal coalition of neighborhood groups, environmentalists, and even some of its tenants, who oppose the project. I say this because local media, when it has reported on this issue at all, continually says the project has met with some opposition, when in fact over 30 organizations and neighborhood associations have worked tirelessly to stop this boondoggle.

And there is the issue that has been continually downplayed in this controversyour parks. But before I mention that I must talk about the concern about the senior housing issue, because if I dont anything else I say will not be heard. Those who have urged the City not to tear down the present Cobbs Hill Village Apartments and maintain the integrity of the City-owned Cobbs Hill Park have been maligned by those stating that we are more interested in parks than Rochester seniors with extremely low incomes. This is unfair and untrue. Once these apartments are torn down, the folks who live in Cobbs Hill Village, and any other seniors in Rochester, will not ever be able to get low-cost senior housing like they have now. These apartments are a model for low-income senior living.

Last year about this time, Rochester City Council passed their Climate Action Plan (CAP), a well-thought out document that recognizes the urgency of addressing Climate Change in the Rochester regionand how to do that.
In the Land Use section on how Rochester believes it can address Climate Change, the CAP says this about our parks.

"Parks and Open Space Planning: Rochester has more than 3,500 acres of parks within its boundaries, offering active and passive recreation opportunities. Well-vegetated parks can help moderate higher temperatures created in urban heat islands, sequester carbon and other pollutants, and help mitigate impacts of extreme weather events. In addition, parks and green spaces provide opportunities for active recreation, passive enjoyment of nature, and stress reliefall factors that contribute to a more resilient population. This action focuses on two primary activities: (1) managing and maintaining City and County parks and other natural lands in ways that maximize carbon storage and increase resilience to climate change, and (2) continuing to improve park facilities in the city (i.e. landscaping, programming, play areas), thus leveraging the co-benefits of enhanced park facilities and access, including improved
public health outcomes." (Page 49, Climate Action Plan)…

One of the biggest problems in trying to communicate the urgency of addressing Climate Change is that most people think it will only happen far into the future and someplace else. Neither is true. Climate Change is hitting home now. We are now at a point where Rochester must prioritize its own commitment to addressing Climate Change.

Maintaining the present profile of the Cobbs Hill Village, working on other solutions for senior housing, and eventually returning this section of the park back to its original intent would demonstrate Rochesters commitment to a sustainable future.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 04/04/2018 at 9:08 AM

Re: “State approves energy-buying arrangement for Brockport and others

If we are actually going to reduce greenhouse gas emission on a scale and time frame that will matter, we need programs like Community choice aggregation (CCA) that actually focuses on renewable energy and lower costs for all.

CCA projects that offer lower costs for fossil fuel options in a time of Climate Change are not only a bad idea, theyre immoral.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 03/16/2018 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Preparing for the inevitable: City looks at climate change

One of my favorite parts of this essay is this: But as a planet, we took too long to act. And even now, many countries are dragging their feet and pretending that if they just ignore the problem it'll go away.

Climate Change is one of those issues, like cancer, that only gets worse if you ignore it. Of course, at this point in time, the most striking form of climate denial is from the Trump administration who are dragging their feet and pretending that if they just ignore the problem it will go away. But it isnt going away. 97% of climate experts around the world agree that Climate Change is happening and our use of fossil fuels for energy is the cause. Science, however unpopular with our unpopular President, still reigns. Hopefully, we wont have to say to our grandchildren, Sorry, we took too long to act. BTW: I hope all surf over to the Citys site and read the Climate Action Plan. It spells out in detail what we are up against here in Rochester and where we need to work together for solutions.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/27/2018 at 3:36 PM

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