As usual, the Post continues raving about closing Indian Point nuclear power plant even though that horse has already left the barn. Large numbers of trucks are already transporting waste and deconstruction debris to land fills.

We have plenty of electricity and NYS is on target to meet its decarbonizing goals. Danskammer, a potential gas plant on the Hudson and the gas plant in Astoria were just denied operating permits because they were not needed.

New buildings will have to generate a portion of the electricity they use. Solar panels are going up on roof tops and in parking lots at a rapid clip. Progress is being made by leaps and bounds.

Why don’t you try doing some real reporting on energy for a change instead of grousing about something you can’t change?

Marilyn Elie

City Council’s latest lunatic green plan to sock housing and hurt those who can least afford it

A City Council packed with lame ducks is about to deepen New York’s housing shortage with a lunatic bid to score green points.

It’s one-upping a bit of posturing by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’s pledged to ban fossil-fuel hookups in new buildings by 2030 — though he’s conveniently gone at the end of 2021. The bill from Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel (D-B’klyn) would ban the connections in all new construction and major renovations starting in 2024.

Progressives are mounting a full-court press to pass the measure anyway, starting with a hearing this Wednesday. Yet it’s wildly impractical:

  • All-electric buildings are more expensive to construct and operate, and are not yet technically feasible above a certain height.
  • The rapid shifting to all-electric systems would further goose the city’s electricity costs — already 50 percent above the national average.
  • Most electricity is still fossil-fuel generated, anyway, and will be for the foreseeable future. The decommissioning of the emissions-free Indian Point nuclear plant already set back efforts to decarbonize the city’s energy supply.
  • The electric grid is vulnerable to outages. You can get by with candles and so on for light in a blackout, but this means you won’t have heat or any way to cook.
  • By including “major renovations,” the bill would likely prevent upgrades to existing buildings, even as it discourages new construction.

Inevitably, lower-income folks would suffer most — through higher electric bills as well as an even more insane housing market. This is posturing at the expense of those who can least afford it.