The Cayuga Coal Plant in Upstate New York receives $4 million a month in subsidies to pollute our air and water. And now they're requesting New Yorkers fork over an additional $200 million to continue killing the climate. Click here to reserve your spot on the Beyond Coal Express to Albany next week and tell Gov. Cuomo: Don't Be An Ace In The Coal.
Fellow New Yorker:
We've witnessed some amazing environmental events this year. We banned fracking in our beautiful state, we're currently fighting the placement of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility off the coast of Long Island with the help of numerous lawmakers and cheered the announcement of President Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP) this summer. But we still have some work to do to protect our climate and water from the threat of extreme energy - especially coal plants.
The Cayuga Coal Plant in Lansing, NY is exactly the type of plant the CPP was created to clean up or shut down. Because the plant is failing, the fossil fuel profiteers want to convert it from burning coal to burning fracked gas -- and guess who they want to pay for this conversion? YOU. That's right the owners the plant, Duke Energy, signed a deal with Gov. Cuomo that would take $20 million a year from New Yorkers to help pay for the conversion, on top of the $4 million a month Duke already receives in subsidies.1
New Yorkers should not have to bail out a polluting power plant. That's why our friends at Sierra Club are arranging the Beyond Coal Express to bus climate activists like you to Albany and tell Gov. Cuomo: Don't Be An Ace In The Coal. Click here to reserve a seat on one of the buses leaving from your town.
Cuomo did the right thing when he banned fracking in our state. But his plan to convert Duke's plant from coal to gas would increase imports of fracked gas from our neighbors in Pennsylvania, just as they're fighting to end fracking too. And just because fracking is banned in New York doesn't mean we're immune to the effects of climate change. Just today our friends at Environmental Defense Fund released a report revealing that fracked gas facilities, like pipelines and compressor stations, leak much more toxic methane into our air than previously reported by EPA -- 100 billion cubic feet to be exact.2
We can't let our governor bail out a facility we don't even want -- New Yorkers would be paying to pollute when there are clean anergy options available. We have to remind Cuomo if fracking isn't good for New York, then fracked gas isn't good either. That's exactly what the Beyond Coal Express aims to do. Grab a seat and join fellow New Yorkers on a bus trip by clicking here.
See you on the bus,
Anthony for Environmental Action
1. Waldman, Scott. Cuomo Administration Saves Power Plant, Reaps Whirlwind. Politico New York. March 9, 2015.
2. Brownstein, Mark. Study Reveals Vast Unrecorded Oil and Gas Industry Methane Emissions. Environment Defense Fund. August 18, 2015.