In a hysterical attempt to connect the threat of nuclear warfare to the safe, reliable operations of New York’s nuclear fleet, Charley Bowman advocates for closing New York’s nuclear power plants, which would cause greenhouse gas emissions to spike, thereby effectively scrapping the state’s clean energy goals and progress to date (State shouldn’t bail out nuclear plants, Aug. 21).
Governor Cuomo’s ambitious decision to cut carbon emissions both near term and 40 percent by 2030can only be met by relying on nuclear power. This is where the Zero Emissions Credit program is essential. According to the Public Service Commission, the ZEC program will have a state-wide net economic benefit of $4 billion over the next two years by keeping our nuclear power plants – and the thousands of jobs they support – online.
Nuclear power is our biggest asset to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable sources, while sometimes efficient for small-scale power, simply do not have the capacity to meet the state’s vast energy needs. Cutting our nuclear plants and relying on wind and solar would mean an influx of carbon-emitting natural gas to meet energy demand.
By keeping our nuclear fleet online, New York secures good jobs and its commitment to cut statewide emissions by 2030. The loss of our nuclear fleet means a spike in emissions and the loss of our largest clean-energy source. Let’s not fall back on the progress we’ve already started.
About the Author: Arthur “Jerry” Kremer served in the New York State Assembly from 1966 to 1988, eventually becoming chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, a position he held for ten years. He now serves as chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA), a diverse organization of business, labor, and community leaders and organizations. Founded in 2003, New York AREA’s mission and purpose is to ensure that the New York metropolitan area has an ample and reliable electricity supply and economic prosperity for years to come. For more information, visit www.nyarea.org.