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Feb. 21, 2017: Arguments against Upstate nuclear subsidies

The energy journal Platt’s described New York State’s plan to subsidize nuclear power in New York as a possible “ground zero” in the country’s battle to combat climate change. On today’s Capitol Pressroom, we explore both sides in the debate over nuclear power subsidies in the state: Is the plan an $8 billion dollar public bailout of the FitzPatrick, Ginna and Nine Mile point nuclear plants? Is the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard too aggressive? Or is this a transaction that will save 7 billion kilowatt hours of carbon-free electricity a year; $500 million for the regional economy, and over 1,500 indirect jobs? We hear both sides of the issue today.

We heard arguments against the subsidies from Jessica Azulay, the Program Director for the Alliance for a Green Economy, and Blair Horner, the Executive Director of NYPIRG.

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