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Siding with AOC, Gov. Hochul kills pure fuel energy tasks in Queens, upstate NY

Siding with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the environmental left, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday killed two proposed pure gas-powered tasks in Queens and upstate Newburgh.

State Department of Environmental Commissioner Basil Seggos stated each proposals didn’t adjust to the state’s “Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act” to scale back carbon emissions.

Power firm NRG stated the venture would retrofit its 50-year-old pure gas-burning plant close to the Robert Kennedy/Triborough Bridge and claimed it might reduce polluting carbon emissions.

The Astoria plant is known as a “peaker” facility as a result of it offers wanted extra energy to the electrical grid throughout peak utilization, reminiscent of throughout summer time warmth waves when thousands and thousands of New Yorkers blast their air conditioners.

“Our review determined the proposed project does not demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The proposed project would be inconsistent with or would interfere with the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits established in the Climate Act,” Seggos stated in a press release denying the allow.

“Astoria NRG failed to demonstrate the need or justification for the proposed project notwithstanding this inconsistency.”

Seggos rejected the Danskammer Energy Center’s proposed natural-gas powered venture in Newburgh on identicial grounds.

Hochul hailed the motion taken by her environmental company.

“I applaud the Department of Environmental Conservation’s decisions to deny the Title V Permits for the Danskammer Energy Center and Astoria Gas Turbine Power, LLC in the context of our state’s clean energy transition. Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, and we owe it to future generations to meet our nation-leading climate and emissions reduction goals,” the governor stated in a press release.

The proposed venture is within the district of Ocasio-Cortez and state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) — opponents of the venture .

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Gov. Kathy Hochul sided with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the environmental left.
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Ocasio-Cortez, a proponent of the Green New Deal to section out carbon-spewing fossil fuels, rallied towards the Astoria energy plant, which might burn pure fuel produced by fracking, throughout an Earth Day celebration in April.

“We’re not going to allow our water to be compromised. We’re not going to allow our air to be compromised,” the congresswoman stated.

Gianaris stated Wednesday, “Our community drew a line in the sand against new fossil fuel infrastructure and won. Let this be a statement of what our policy should be as we fight the ravages of the climate crisis. No more fossil fuel plants should get approved, period!,” Gianaris stated.

“Deepest thanks to the organizers and community leaders who fought so hard for this victory.”

Environmental activists hailed Hochul’s rulings and urged her to dam different proposed fossil burning energy vegetation.

“Gov. Hochul’s decision strikes a critical blow to the fossil fuel industry, providing a huge victory for New York’s climate movement. She is showing the nation what real climate leadership looks like. The next step is for Governor Hochul to commit to halting all fossil fuel infrastructure, including the North Brooklyn pipeline and the Gowanus power plant,” stated Food & Water Watch Northeast Region director Alex Beauchamp.

New York State Senator Michael Gianaris
Both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and state Sen. Michael Gianaris are opponents of the venture.
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The motion by staff Hochul is paying homage to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s determination in 2014 to reject permits for fracking of pure fuel in New York, within the upstate southern tier that borders Pennsylvania in addition to section out the Indian Point nuclear energy plant in Westchester.

But the deep extraction or fracking of pure fuel is allowed on the Pennsylvania aspect of the Marcellus shale area.

NRG, in a press release, known as Hochul’s determination a mistake, saying there are “not enough renewable resources” to “keep the lights on in New York City today.”

“It’s unfortunate that New York is turning down an opportunity to dramatically reduce pollution and strengthen reliable power for millions of New Yorkers at such a critical time,” stated Tom Atkins, NRG’s vice chairman of improvement.

“NRG’s Astoria Replacement Project would have supplied quick reductions in greenhouse fuel emissions and would have been totally convertible to inexperienced hydrogen sooner or later.

The NRG veep added, “Clearly there usually are not sufficient renewable assets accessible to maintain the lights on in New York City as we speak, which is why we predict the choice by the DEC is so quick sighted. More regarding is the newest evaluation by the NYISO [New York Independent Service Operator] displaying that the impacts of utmost climate occasions might ‘result in deficiencies to serve demand in New York City’ as early as 2023.

Gov. Kathy Hochul
Gov. Kathy Hochul hailed the motion taken by her environmental company.

“We stated from the start that the Astoria Replacement Project would assist New York transition to a zero-carbon grid and as soon as there have been sufficient renewables, our plant would both convert to inexperienced hydrogen or stop operation.

“New Yorkers deserve both cleaner air and reliable energy to ensure the lights stay on for our small businesses, homes, schools and hospitals when they need it most. That’s what this project would have delivered and that’s what NRG had been fighting for along with labor leaders, the small business community and local Queens residents. We appreciate their support during this difficult process.”

The American Gas Association on Tuesday additionally insists it’s a part of the answer to scale back greenhouse emissions.

“We expect that a colder winter will cause customers to use more natural gas, but despite increased use customers will still be saving money and lowering their carbon footprint due to the economic and environmental benefits of this fuel compared to other sources of energy,” stated Richard Meyer, AGA’s Vice President, Energy Markets, Analysis and Standards.

“The American Gas Association is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through smart innovation, new and modernized infrastructure, and advanced technologies that maintain reliable, resilient, and affordable energy service choices for consumers.”