"So far, most of the electricity produced by the nuclear plant, known as Indian Point, has been replaced by power generated by plants that burn natural gas and emit more pollution. And that trade-off will become more pronounced once Indian Point’s last reactor shuts down on April 30.
'It’s topsy-turvy,' said Isuru Seneviratne, a clean-energy investor who is a member of the steering committee of Nuclear New York, which has lobbied to keep Indian Point running. The pronuclear group calculated that each of Indian Point’s reactors had been producing more power than all of the wind turbines and solar panels in the state combined.
After one of Indian Point’s two working reactors was permanently shut down last summer, the share of the state’s power that came from gas-fired generators jumped in 2020 to about 40 percent, from about 36 percent in 2019, federal data show. The share of the state’s power from renewable sources increased slightly, to about 30 percent.
'This is one of the greatest strategic blunders in the history of energy in New York, said Robert Bryce, an author who has been a constant critic of the shutdown. 'It’s a catastrophically wrong decision.'"
That Cuomo would celebrate the occasion is understandable. In 2016 the Governor's aides were linked to bribes from Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. (CPV), developer of two massive gas plants that will replace Indian Point's clean electricity:
"As early as August 2010, [Cuomo aide Todd] Howe looked to [aide Joseph] Percoco to influence the former state operations director to bolster the proposed CPV power plant. Howe pushed Percoco...to advocate shutting down Indian Point nuclear power plants in Westchester County. The success of the Wawayanda plant depended, at least in part, on whether the nuclear plant would close."
That so many well-meaning but ignorant renewables activists are blindly allowing powerful natural gas interests to derail climate progress is deeply disturbing. Anti-nuclearism has replaced climate denial as the pre-eminent obstacle in the fight against climate change.