October 2018It's voting time again. Some initiatives sound so good. Why wouldn't we want to vote in favor of clean air? The idea of reducing carbon is fantastic, but the execution as proposed with this initiative is not up to par. Genesee Energy is 100% for lowering carbon output and reducing greenhouse gasses, which is why we work hard to educate and encourage all our customers to use the renewable, cleanest green heating fuel available - Bioheat. We wish this initiative was for the planet, but unfortunately, the way it is written, it will financially burden more middle and low income people than it will help the cause it says it is supporting. Voting NO on initiative 1631 doesn't mean we don't want clean air. In fact, we DO want clean air. But when considering all the facts, Initiative 1631 just isn't the right way to go about it.The Seattle Times, as well as a growing list of businesses, organizations, and individuals openly oppose this initiative for many factual, documented reasons. Genesee Energy agrees. Although we are very much in favor of clean air, we too are NOT in favor of Initiative 1631.
Since we are all energy users, we would like to see an initiative that incentivizes low carbon emitters, rather than punishing those without alternative options. The State of New York does this successfully by giving money back to low carbon emitters instead of punishing those that have no other financially applicable choice for energy. Clean air is very important, but please consider ALL the facts before voting on Initiative 1631.