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Published on May 2, 2014
Governor Cuomo's Draft 2014 NY Energy Plan sets some bold goals for addressing climate disruption, but offers no concrete action steps. Further, the Plan gives the impression that continuing to expand use of natural gas is inevitable.
What we really need is to dramatically accelerate the switch to solar, wind, and water power. In this video, Dr. Ingraffea shows that the transition is already underway and describes one possible plan for achieving 100% renewable energy in NY by 2050. Jessica Azulay describes how planning and policies can either speed up or delay the switch to renewables.
We learn about the feasibility and considerable economic and social benefits of a rapid switch to renewable energy.
Let's Fix the Draft 2014 Energy Plan for NY
The deadline for receiving comments on the Draft 2014 NY Energy Plan to NYSERDA has been extended to May 31.
· Dr. Tony Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering; the Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University; and the President of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Inc.
· Jessica Azulay is the Program Director of Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), a grassroots coalition promoting a full transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free New York.
To see a draft of the 2014 NY Energy Plan, go to www.energyplan.ny.gov. To see a state-by-state plan for renewables by the Solutions Project, go to www.thesolutionsproject.org.
Sponsors: Tompkins County Council of Governments, Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, and Social Ventures.