For Immediate Release: May 10, 2018
Contact: Alex Beauchamp, [email protected]
Tonight in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed on camera that he would reject any new natural-gas fired power plants.
Asked about such plants, Cuomo said, “I have not approved any new ones, and I won’t.” Several power plants, including the CPV plant in Orange County and the Cricket Valley power plant in Dover, NY have in fact been approved on Cuomo’s watch. The governor was clear in saying that these plants conflict with the state's climate goals, adding: “We’re not building any new ones.”
After the exchange, activists pledged to hold Governor Cuomo accountable to his new commitment to reject new fracked gas power plants. “The age of fossil fuels is over, and it’s exciting to hear Governor Cuomo commit to reject new fracked gas power plants. Since he acknowledged that fracked gas plants conflict with New York's climate goals, Governor Cuomo should rescind existing permits for power plants like CPV and Cricket Valley as well. The governor can rest assured the climate movement will hold him to his words,” said Laura Shindell, an organizer with Food & Water Watch.