We need your help to Save Indian Point
The following are the primary reasons why it is wrong to force the premature closure of Indian Point:
1. Backtracks on Climate Action: Cuomo’s plan eliminates clean energy and increases dirty energy, two large steps in the wrong direction on climate. Three new gas plants have been built to replace this clean power: CPV Valley Plant in Orange County, Cricket Valley Plant in Dutchess County, and Bayonne Energy Center in New Jersey. This goes against everything New Yorkers have been promised from the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and will increase New York’s carbon dioxide emissions by 10 to 15 million tons annually, creating a much deeper hole to dig out of. Although the decision to close Indian Point was made years ago, building new renewable energy proved too hard to get done in proximity to the downstate market. Now, years later, new plans to build offshore wind turbines are in the earliest stages but, even if it goes well, are not projected to come online until 2024 or 2025.
2. Increases air pollution, risk of respiratory disease and death for New Yorkers: Indian Point produces particulate-free energy. In shutting Indian Point, Cuomo allows harmful pollutants in the form of particulate matter and other noxious gases to increase, as use of gas plants increases. Fine particulates are dangerous because they pass into the lungs and bloodstream causing illness and death from a wide range of illnesses. The World Health Organization has shown that higher air pollution levels cause increased rates of illness and premature death.
3. Adds grid vulnerability, reduces resiliency: Increases NYC’s grid vulnerability and its risk of summer power outages and/or price fluctuations, as large numbers of natural gas ventures enter bankruptcy due to the economic slow-down. By eliminating 80% of NYC’s clean energy, it vastly reduces energy diversification and therefore resilience of the energy grid, which is more susceptible to failure in the event of further crises that hamper the delivery of gas.
4. Increases Coronavirus mortalities: Increasing dirty energy directly threaten all New Yorkers, as new studies show that the coronavirus may spread upon the particulate pollution in the air! This means that more pollution from NY’s gas plants will increase particulate pollution in the air and so deliver more coronavirus to people in the area, while also increasing rates of Covid-19 mortality, which is directly linked to pollution.
5. Puts workers at risk during COVID-19 pandemic: A Pandemic is the wrong time to make IP’s technical personnel work on shuttering a reactor. Irregular, unique tasks will be required by both the Indian Point plant technical teams as well as at the three new natural gas plants to effect to execute this closure. We don’t know whether additional workers will have contracted Covid-19 as a result of Cuomo not including Indian Point in any of the 25 Executive Orders issued to cease work on other projects.
6. Eliminates clean energy jobs in NY: Hudson River Valley towns will lose a thousand highly skilled, technical jobs at Indian Point. For the surrounding communities and businesses, these losses will be crippling for families unable to replace jobs during this pandemic.
7. Failure to follow scientific experts: Governor Cuomo follows the advice of healthcare experts on Covid-19, yet he ignores the advice of scientific experts, including the NRC, whose job it is to ensure that the entire U.S. nuclear fleet is operating safely, and climate experts who have determined that we need nuclear energy to end dependence on fossil fuels.
8. Exposes rate-payers to liability: Governor Cuomo has implemented policies that specifically exclude Indian Point from obtaining Zero Emission Credits, even though these are available to assist three upstate nuclear power plants to continue to operate as sources of clean energy. This has emerged as unequal treatment under the law and may potentially provide the basis for future litigation against the state.
There is a great deal of expert information available here but also at Nuclear New York, which has been focusing on the issue of Indian Point for a long time, as well as at the websites of a number of other coalition partner groups, including Stop Cricket Valley, Protect Orange County, Footprint to Wings, Generation Atomic, and others devoted to supporting clean nuclear energy in New York State and everywhere. Please take the time to learn more and support our efforts to compel Cuomo to protect climate, clean air and health by suspending the permanent closure of New York’s largest source of clean energy until after all fossil generation is closed.
Step 1: Sign our letter to Governor Cuomo
Sign the Letter: Governor Cuomo has allowed Indian Point to curtail Reactor 2, its 1,000 MW source of clean energy and to permit dirty gas from the controversial CPV Valley Energy Center in Orange County, the Bayonne Energy Center in New Jersey, and the Cricket Valley Energy Plant in Duchess County and replace that power. We have sent him our letter and the petition but we are continuing to collect signatures to show the breadth of support for Indian Point and to continue to nudge Governor Cuomo to do the right thing.
Step 2: Join our coalition
We are individuals, academics, environmentalists, and clean energy and climate-focused groups who prioritize clean energy collaboration towards system-wide emissions reductions over partisanship.
Join the Climate Coalition: Together we work to educate the public and amplify the voices of climate activists collaborating to defend and grow our clean energy sources, not attack them before we have addressed our emissions. We have an urgent crisis and need progress against emissions—not large steps backwards. In building a bigger coalition and more strategic campaigns, we will hold politicians’ feet to the fire, so they don’t sell out our future for their own political gain. When we prioritize climate action over partisanship, the natural gas industry will no longer be able to exploit rifts between environmentalists to their own benefit and at everyone’s expense.
Step 3: Join our active team
Help us develop our ongoing campaigns: There is a lot to do to make sure members of the public, our political leaders, key environmental influencers and members of the press recognize that the climate crisis demands our most aggressive and coherent response and we cannot afford partisanship to interfere. If you don’t belong to a climate action group and you’d like to join our active team or if you have a group and would like to provide a bridge between your group and our coalition, so you can have broader support for your campaigns, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org with information about yourself and your group and the areas that you’d like to focus on.
Climate activists who #KnowNukes don’t say “No Nukes,” they say “Save our nuclear and shut down natural gas!”