In 2021, the Indian Point Nuclear Power plant in Westchester County will shut down its two nuclear reactors under an agreement New York State reached with plant owner Entergy. The Indian Point reactors produce carbon-free power.
The Indian Point facility prevents the release of 8.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually—the same as taking 1.6 million cars off the road. Indian Point generates about 25 percent of the electricity used in New York City and Westchester County annually, approximately 10 percent of the state’s total electricity supply. Indian Point also produces about 24 percent of the state’s carbon-free electricity, preventing the emission of more than 8.5 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking more than 1.6 million cars off the road. This emissions-free energy aids the state in meeting its clean air objectives under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Closing Indian Point would undo all of the renewables investment made by New York over the past decade to comply with the initiative’s requirements.
Should not the state of Vermont be sued for shutting down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor?
Should not California be sued for shutting down San Onofre Nuclear reactor?
Should not the governments of Germany and Japan be sued for shutting down operable nuclear reactors and increasing the use of coal? Those actions were taken when the impact of carbon on climate change was known and many decades after the actions of oil companies in the New York lawsuit.
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