New York, NY - Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Indian Point nuclear power plant—located 24 miles north of New York City—will be shutting down by April 2021. This action will make area residents safer and more secure.
At the same time, the governor pledged to replace Indian Point with clean energy, producing no net increase in global warming pollution. The governor proposed to work with neighboring states to strengthen limits on global warming pollution from power plants to ensure continued regional progress toward clean air. Specifically, the governor proposed to strengthen the limit on pollution set through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) by 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.
Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:
President-elect Trump has tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his nominee for secretary of state. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response: “We deserve a secretary of state who puts America's wellbeing and future first. Rex Tillerson has spent his entire career putting the profits and power of Exxon Mobil first, over our health, our environment and the future that America's children will inherit. His company is one of the nation’s worst air and water polluters. It is one of the world’s leading contributors to global warming. It has a history of funding propaganda designed to mislead Americans about the science of climate change.
With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network of fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast growing pollution-free energy resource. Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, said a new report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. “Pollution-free solar energy represents New York’s most abundant energy resource” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “For our climate and our environment, we can’t allow special interest forces in the fossil fuel industry to pull the plug on the bright potential of solar power.”