Save Indian Point's Clean Power!
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Dear Governor Cuomo,
Your dedication to saving lives during the pandemic was truly impressive. What's more, your varied accomplishments to advance New York state's progress in many valuable directions deserves the applause you receive at your annual state of the state addresses.
But regretfully, your long standing and deeply-held antipathy toward Indian Point by shutting it down and celebrating the victory is appalling, considering the truly colossal quantities of clean, reliable power its supplied to downstate New York over the 47 years of its operation.
No other carbon-free power source outside of nuclear energy can equal this feat --and save countless lives. Consider the gas power plants that will replace Indian Point, and the harm their emissions will do to our air quality and the environment. Deaths from this pollution will result.
Are you willing to accept what will essentially be blood on your hands? Wind farms, offshore and on, and the solar farms you promise to provide 'clean' energy are a fiction. Engineers and scientists have studied facts, data and evidence that show these sources have a 'hidden in plain sight' carbon footprint because their intermittency requires constant back-up by other sources.
Take away nuclear, and that leaves fossil fuel power. And we’re sure you know better with respect to the myths used to attack Indian Point, as propagated by anti-nuclear foamers, like Riverkeeper, to which you evidently subscribe and use to your agenda's benefit. Now that the Covid-19 pandemic conveniently eclipses your act of shutting down the first of these two beneficial reactors, we can only imagine you're breathing a sigh of relief that it won't get much attention.
But the honeymoon won't last for long when New York's increased greenhouse gas emissions and adverse health statistics point to the actions you will have taken. At this eleventh hour, we can only wish you the wisdom to pause and reflect. Listen to the experts, not the fear-mongers, AND the oil and gas industry lobbyists pulling the strings behind the curtain. In the end, your reputation and legacy may rest on what would prove to be your greatest blunder should you follow through with your blind determination to gratify an Ahab-like obsession to kill Indian Point.
Dear Petition Signers -
You Did It!
We've topped 10,000 signatures and the petition and your comments will be mailed to Gov. Cuomo to let him know: We love our planet, and we love Indian Point's energy-dense carbon-free power that keeps it safe.
Does it end here? Let's go to 20,000 signatures. Cuomo has now shut down Indian Point Unit 2, but is it permanent? While the 1000 MW supplier of clean power is being de-fueled, it will remain on standby unless decommissioning is finalized. Can it be restored to service? Engineers and scientists say, yes it can!
We are calling for continuing service of Unit 3, and the need to restore Indian Point 2 to service. 2020 was one of the hottest summers on record. To what extent will replacement power from dirty fossil fuel plants l pollute our air - making the Covid-19 pandemic even more deadly? Conservative estimates are for 7 million metric tons emissions of greenhouse gases, and PM2.5 in the throats and lungs of millions of downstate New York citizens.
"Indian Point is an important part of our energy supply, and it is carbon-free energy – not what will be spewing from a gas-fired plant. It's not understood how environmentalists can be happy with gas-fired plants to replace this energy, and yes, we hear about renewables that will eventually happen, but alway remember they are heavily subsidized. The plan following the shutdown was a replacement with wind, solar and battery storage, but that infrastructure build-out is shown to be unrealistic, impractical and expensive. The goal was the shutdown, and little thought was devoted to what would happen to the community, despite the creation of the CLCPA, Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Nobody cared or wanted to think about the human toll. It will be a very sad day on many levels for our community." ––Theresa Knickerbocker, Mayor, Village of Buchanan, NY
May 1st, 2021: May Day will not be a holiday for clean energy in downstate New York!
While anti-nuclear activists may celebrate the closing of one of Indian Point's two reactors, on April 30th, increased use and emissions from gas and oil-fired fossil fuel plants to replace Indian Point's carbon-free power signal a desperate "Mayday," alert to an air-quality emergency ahead.
And it's not just air quality. Predicted natural gas shortages from demand by fossil fueled power plants can result in importing gas to New York fracked from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. Due to the short half-life of radon in the gas when present at the well-head, experts warn that the health risk from radioactivity is higher if this fuel is brought to use in less than 3 days - particularly for residential - from locally-sourced natural gas, rather than longer periods it takes for gas to arrive from the Gulf Coast by pipeline, and by which time radiation has decayed to safer levels. A sobering letter to the NY Dept. of Health will appear as an update - watch for it!
For in-depth information on Indian Point, go to: NuclearNY.org
Watch: "Saving Indian Point", a video interview on YouTube, with Dr. Stephen Boyd and Journalist James B. Meigs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=przWM7bZjcg&list=PLD7go2AvryaQh2q4do3GpbClOm79Fhoiw&index=34&t=641s
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