REPORT: Andrew Cuomo Risks NYC Blackouts By Shutting Down Nuclear Plant, Fracking

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is risking the stability of New York City’s electrical grid by closing a nearby nuclear plant that supplies a quarter of the city’s total electricity, according to a report from the Manhattan Institute.

The closure is part of a Cuomo administration initiative to provide half of New York state’s electricity through renewables by 2030.

Alternative sources of energy will have to make up the gap left after the Indian Point power plant is shuttered in 2021. Cuomo is narrowing those choices, though, by blocking construction of new natural gas pipelines, effectively cutting off gas generators as a cheap substitute.

“While the governor’s Clean Energy Standard may be politically popular, it will be dramatically expensive and will almost certainly drive the state’s already-high electricity prices still higher,” the report states.

Renewable options to take the place of the Indian Point reactors are hydropower from Quebec or current and future wind farms built in New York, The New York Times reports.

The renewable substitutes still leave NYC vulnerable to blackouts because of decreased reliability. Electrical grids require constant tuning to balance electrical output with consumption. Renewable energy that relies on corresponding natural forces like wind is more difficult to modify to the day-to-day needs of the customers it supplies, the report says.

Cuomo’s administration says the risk posed by the nuclear plant, located less than 30 miles south of NYC, is too great to justify its continued operation.

“For years, my office has been fighting to address the serious risks posed by Indian Point to the surrounding communities and the environment,” New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said according to TheNYT. “If we can shut down Indian Point under an agreement that enhances public safety and kick-starts investment into safer and more reliable renewable energy sources, that will be a major victory for the millions of New Yorkers who live in the region.”

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    Spurwing Plover

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    As many of us know by now the demac-RATS are in the pockets of the Eco-Nazis and watermellons but Croked Cuomo dont have to worry about any blackouts becuase he most likely has generators on his vast estate so he dont have to worry what happens with the peasents

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    JayPee

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    Koo-Ahh-Moe
    is an insanely driven megalomaniac
    he is a semi-white o’bama

    There is no absurd posture he won’t adopt
    No amount of NYS money he won’t spend
    No deal he won’t make and probably
    No criminal act he won’t try to profit from
    In his insanely driven quest for the presidency

    Something he feels his father was unjustly denied in spite of
    supposedly known wide spread organized crime connections.

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    Deaner220

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    So many studies have shown fracking to not have a negative economical impact, and yet this fool has banned it in NY. Meanwhile, in northern PA, they are fracking all over the place, and it’s the same groundwater as in southern NY. PA is reaping the benefits in jobs and tax revenues, and Cuomo refuses to help our state. He’s an imbecile, and unbelievably makes his father, our former governor, look brilliant.

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      Deaner220

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      Oops. Meant ecological, not economical, impact in my first sentence. Apologies.

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