Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 9 a.m.
Outside of SUNY Buffalo, Center for Tomorrow, North Campus,
Flint & Service Center Roads, Amherst, NY
New York Energy Plan Misses Mark on Climate Protection
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, NYS is hold hearings on the state’s draft Energy Plan starting at 10:00. At 9:00, there will be a press conference sponsored by the Sierra Club Niagara Group, NYPIRG at Buffalo State, Western NY Drilling Defense, Food & Water Watch, and New Yorkers Against Fracking. The plan is intended to be a guide for energy decisions in the state. Unfortunately, it falls short, failing to adequately address the dangers of climate disruption fueled by the state’s reliance on outdated and dirty fossil fuels.
Lynda Schneekloth, Chair of the Sierra Club Niagara Group, issued the following statement:
Now more than ever we need Governor Cuomo to be a climate leader, but he missed a great opportunity with this plan. New York’s Energy Plan has the potential to be a road map for a stronger economy, cleaner air and a safer future, but we won’t get there with more of the same dirty fuels like coal, gas and nuclear. Doubling down on wind power in upstate and getting steel in the water off our shores will reduce our climate risk, clean up the air and lower energy costs for families and businesses.
Specifically, we believe the plan should be strengthened in the following ways:
· Ramp up investments in clean, renewable wind power both in upstate and off our shores.
· Strengthen and extend our renewable energy incentive program and energy efficiency goals for at least 10 years.
· Retire the state’s aging and uneconomical fossil fuel and nuclear plants, move away from further investments in gas infrastructure and protect our families and water from fracking.
· Mandate enforceable interim targets to get on track to meet the state’s goal of reducing carbon pollution 80% by 2050.
· Develop plans for a “Just Transition” for workers and communities that will be impacted by coal plant closures that are not re-powered with methane, but proceed directly to renewables to boost regional economies.
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To view a flier from New Yorkers Against Fracking, click here.