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Now’s the time to invest in wind and solar energy


In this Aug. 4, 2008 file photo, wind turbines from the Maple Ridge Wind Farm, the state's largest wind farm, loom above the horizon in Martinsburg, N.Y. A new study says New York could be completely powered by wind, water and sunlight by 2030 with a concerted push, though the state's own decade-long effort to significantly boost green energy shows how difficult that would be in practice.
In this Aug. 4, 2008 file photo, wind turbines from the Maple Ridge Wind Farm, the state’s largest wind farm, loom above the horizon in Martinsburg, N.Y. A new study says New York could be completely powered by wind, water and sunlight by 2030 with a concerted push, though the state’s own decade-long effort to significantly boost green energy shows how difficult that would be in practice.Times Union file photo


Mike Lawler, paid advocate representing the natural gas industry cleverly disguised as “New Yorkers for Affordable Energy,” writes that now is the time to re-double efforts to invest in fossil fuel infrastructure, supposedly to keep “affordability and reliability” for New York’s energy consumers (“We need natural gas to restart economy,” June 8). But, according to natural gas industry analysts at NaturalGasIntel.com, there is a documented glut of natural gas because of the President Donald Trump-caused recession and a global economic slowdown due to the pandemic.

Now seems like the perfect time for citizens to pressure the fossil fuel industry and their unsustainable carbon dioxide emissions while they face a “storage tsunami” with no place to store excess product of an industry whose futures were trading negatively just weeks ago. Now, while the industry looks at a desperate future, is exactly the time to pivot and invest in the resources of wind and solar for New Yorkers’ affordable and sustainable energy needs.

Limiting the build-out of natural gas infrastructure is not, as asserted by Lawler, “hurting our economy.” There is a documented over-supply of natural gas. Given that we have less than 10 years to limit carbon dioxide emissions to keep the planet livable for our children, perhaps Lawler’s closing sentence, asking to put “fiscal well-being ahead of politics and environmental activists” can be exposed for the brutal and ruthless lobbying that it is. The time for calling out dangerous industry lobbying masquerading as a fiscal energy plan is now.

Julie A. Wash

Saratoga Springs



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2020-07-04 02:22:18

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