Indian Point protects environment, energy supply

Posted: August 30, 2017
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Publication: The Journal News 

By: Rob DiFrancesco

Re “New York will have plenty of energy to keep the lights on,” Aug. 22 letter:

A scholar once said that those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it — and the representatives of Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council who wrote this letter clearly need a history lesson.

It is a fantasy that New York can lose Indian Point and we’ll be just fine. Who can think we can forgo 2000 megawatts of reliable baseload power, created by and for New Yorkers with zero carbon, day and night throughout the year regardless of sun or weather — and we won’t even miss it?

But history tells us differently. Those who cheered the closing of Vermont Yankee also said conservation measures and renewables would make up for the lost nuclear generation; but in fact that plant’s been replaced by fossil fuels — a giant step backwards for the environment.

Even more paradoxically — and hypocritically — these groups also favor dredging up hundreds of miles of Hudson riverbed to lay an underwater cable transmitting power from Canada. This would not only disturb the river ecology environmentalists say they cherish; it would make us compete with Canada and other states for electricity we’re no longer capable of producing in New York.

Let’s heed the lessons of history and not be deceived: losing Indian Point will jeopardize our energy supply, our environment, thousands of local jobs, and our communities. New York needs an actionable plan now to address each of these looming harms before it’s too late.

Rob DiFrancesco

The writer, a Mount Kisco resident, is executive director of the New York Affordable Reliable Energy Alliance (AREA). 

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