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Public Hearing on NYS Energy Plan

The NYS Energy Planning Board is holding two public hearings in NYC. Please attend and comment on this important document. 

Sample talking points:

1) Good to see the state setting goals for affordability, efficiency, and renewable energy, but the document is insufficient in terms of an actual plan.

2) Too heavily reliant on nuclear power, especially with so many nuclear plants either struggling financially or set to retire. In fact, NYC is in the projected fallout zone of two reactors whose licenses have already expired. Planning for continued reliance on nuclear power is both economically impractical and--given the lack of an evacuation plan for the 20 million of us who live and work in the NYC region--it is also morally unconscionable. 

3) So too is the state's planned reliance on natural gas, which not only fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but necessitates the use of fracked gas in other states and potentially in New York. Moreover, the Energy Plan, in its current form, fails to meet the goals set for the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Any plans to build new gas pipelines in NYC or elsewhere should be abandoned and all future infrastructure development should be in line with expanded use of renewables.

4) The state needs to do a better job of incorporating the public into the plan, both in terms of mapping out a just transition for workers and communities, as well as involving the public in the overall planning process.

5) Moving forward, to prepare New York for the transition to an efficient and renewable energy system, the state needs to develop a true roadmap, based on up-to-date research, which includes details, benchmarks and metrics for progress.

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