Why should New Yorkers go to Philadelphia to stand up for clean energy? One simple reason: we can’t win the fight for a Clean Energy Revolution one state at a time. We’ve won incredible victories in New York, from the fracking ban to stopping the Port Ambrose LNG terminal and the Constitution Pipeline – and now the news that offshore wind is getting off the ground!
And our victories have inspired people across the country, helping build the movement and win battles in other states. But the problem is, we are going to have to keep fighting them over and over, as long as the bad ideas and dirty energy keep flowing. That is why we have to take our fights in New York to the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday. People in other states don’t stand a chance without us, and New York can’t stop it all on our own, either.
In fact, nowhere is the insanity of national energy policy more dangerous than in New York, where Spectra is building the AIM pipeline next to the Indian Point nuclear power plant, just 25 miles north of New York City. Federal agencies are allowing the pipeline to be built despite the risk of a pipeline explosion and nuclear meltdowns endangering 20 million people in the 50-mile radius.
And now, even Governor Cuomo wants to declare nuclear power a “bridge” to clean energy and impose a $7.6 billion nuclear tax on New Yorkers to bail the industry out. The last time dirty energy was labeled a bridge to clean energy, we ended up with fracking and more natural gas than anything else, jumping from the frying pan into the fire. There is no dirty energy “bridge” to clean energy – the only bridge to clean energy is clean energy, and the $7.6 billion nuclear tax would steal money that could and should go to solar, wind, energy efficiency to replace nuclear power AND fossil fuels.
But Governor Cuomo didn’t come up with these ideas on his own. The same dirty energy companies pushing for the nuclear bailout here have been trying to get other states to do the same thing in other states, from Illinois to Connecticut. And our federal government still would rather risk a nuclear disaster than say no to a gas pipeline. Whoever our next president is – and Congress members and state legislators – they need to know that’s not going to work anymore.
I hope you will join us in Philadelphia on Sunday, along with activists from across the country, as we raise our voices together and show our elected officials: the Clean Energy Revolution is here, and we are going to hold them to it.