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New York journeying into darkness as statewide energy issues loom

The state Department of Environmental Conservation must make the correct name on an important liquefied-natural-gas project, or New Yorkers can be out within the chilly. 

Literally. 

The DEC has till Friday to concern permits for 2 new LNG vaporizers at a National Grid facility in Brooklyn, to again up the plant’s principal producing capability throughout winter demand surges (and make its general operation cleaner and extra environment friendly).

If the DEC bows to inexperienced agitators, the plant can be unable to fulfill demand for the coldest days of upcoming winters. That means actual struggling, and even deaths. (The catastrophic blackouts brought on by a freak Texas blizzard in February 2021 killed as many as 750.) 

In different phrases, it’ll mark but yet another step on New York’s journey into darkness. 

That journey started with 2019’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a chunk of inexperienced madness that can — if its roadmap is adopted — lock in everlasting energy ache throughout the Empire State whereas costing taxpayers greater than $300 billion

A general view of electricity meters on the side of an apartment building
The DEC faces challenges with anticipated energy calls for within the coming winter months as properly as appeasing inexperienced agitators.
Christopher Sadowski

In truth, a brand new report from the Empire Center pegs the energy deficits the CLCPA will trigger at 10% by 2040, when the act says New York should go emissions-free. 

That’s what occurs when legislators plan to sacrifice our state’s precise producing capability for pie-eyed goals about renewable energy, i.e. wind and photo voltaic (now accounting for lower than 6% of our energy). 

That identical report reveals that the CLCPA’s proposed photo voltaic and wind build-outs — assuming they occur in time — will generate lower than a 3rd of the energy wanted to make up for the removing of different capability even as consumption will increase.   

Governor Hochul
Governor Kathy Hochul has a Green Energy plan to ban all carbon-emissions by 2040.
Darren McGee/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul

In different phrases, large-scale energy shortage. 

Today’s skyrocketing energy costs are only a trace of how totally indifferent from actuality the CLCPA actually is. 

To actually go inexperienced, New York must hold its current standard capability alive whereas it builds extra nuclear (and, certain, wind and photo voltaic, too). We additionally have to unleash fracking, as neighboring Pennsylvania has carried out, to reap energy and jobs positive factors. 

Cutting New York’s carbon emissions to zero will do little to fight local weather change globally whereas inflicting huge ache right here. Which reveals, but once more, that inexperienced pols are extra fascinated by political energy than clear energy.

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