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Hudson Valley: A 2020 Battleground for Climate Action 

click to enlarge A child holds a sign at the November 2019 rally against Cricket Valley. - PHOTO: CORDELIA SCHILLER
  • Photo: Cordelia Schiller
  • A child holds a sign at the November 2019 rally against Cricket Valley.

In the past, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has advocated for transitioning the state away from carbon-based energy sources. But now, according to protesters, Cuomo’s professed environmentalism is being put to the test. The impending closure of the Indian Point nuclear power facility means that New York needs new sources of energy. Renewables like hydropower and solar would require additional research and investment. Instead, the shortage has so far been addressed by building new natural-gas-burning power plants. One such plant is the Hudson Valley’s Cricket Valley Energy Center, a 1,100-megawatt facility in Dover, which is set to begin operating in 2020.


According to Cricket Valley’s website, the plant will create local jobs and generate an annual tax revenue of at least $3 million. The website also claims that the facility will be environmentally responsible. But from the time of the plant’s proposal in 2011, protesters have insisted otherwise. Resistance efforts have come from various protest groups, including the New York Public Interest Research Group, with calls for investments in solar and wind power instead. These efforts escalated when four local men blocked the delivery of a turbine to Cricket Valley by chaining themselves to a tractor on the road.

click to enlarge In November 2019, local residents locked down to a tractor for eight hours to protest construction operations at Cricket Valley fracked gas plant. - PHOTO: JESS MULLEN/ NEW PALTZ CLIMATE ACTION COALITION
  • Photo: Jess Mullen/ New Paltz Climate Action Coalition
  • In November 2019, local residents locked down to a tractor for eight hours to protest construction operations at Cricket Valley fracked gas plant.

The plant will burn fracked natural gas transported through the Iroquois Pipeline, which runs down from Canada through New York. Burning natural gas has been promoted by the oil and gas industry as a cleaner alternative to coal and a bridge fuel source to 100-percent sustainability. However, even though it emits less carbon dioxide than coal, burning natural gas still creates significant pollution.


Many concerned citizens have requested additional studies. But a recent rally at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie that attracted 250 protesters did not elicit a response from Governor Cuomo. But efforts continue.


Plants like Cricket Valley are at odds with the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which Cuomo signed months ago. But these seeming contradictions have protesters hopeful that Cuomo’s mind can be changed. To them, it is not just about one power plant—it’s about the direction they want to see the Empire State taking.


Original article: https://therivernewsroom.com/2019/12/29/cricket-valley-and-the-fight-for-new-yorks-energy-future/
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