There are 21.1 million firms in the U.S. without any employees. When those companies are involved in plans, the general public isn’t as concerned. But when $8 billion in taxpayer money and hundreds of nuclear power plant employees are involved, people take notice.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has implemented a plan that taxes New Yorkers to make an energy company more profitable than other energy companies. The plan sends $8 billion worth of taxpayer money to the plants across the state.
According to Syracuse.com, the Clean Energy Standard program — Cuomo’s plan — has been under fire from both democratic and republican organizations and energy corporations. The Clean Energy Standard aimed to get New York to use renewable energy sources to produce half of its energy by the year 2030.
“Opposing this subsidy will demonstrate to the country that nuclear power is not where our dollars need to be spent,” said Manno Jo Greene, the environmental action director of Hudson River Sloop order celebrex Clearwater. “Many of these nuclear plants are aging, leaky, and dangerous.”
Lohud reports that Clearwater is suing the state over the nuclear deal. In late November, Clearwater filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court in an attempt to overturn, or at least significantly scale back, the nuclear bailout that keeps three N.Y. plants, including the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Generating Station, functioning.
Jon Sorensen, a Public Service Commission spokesman, believes the lawsuit is ignoring the benefits provided by these upstate nuclear plants.
“Our Zero Emission Credit plan is a cheaper, sensible way to have the existing carbon-free nuke fleet serve as a bridge to renewables as opposed to importing fracked gas and using dirty oil,” said Sorenson in his official statement.
Cuomo’s administration estimates that the cost for the average New York homeowner would be about two dollars a month for the first two years of the program, which will begin in April.