In New York City, dozens of protesters gathered outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s offices Wednesday to oppose a bailout of New York’s aging nuclear power plants that could cost ratepayers up to $7.6 billion over the next 12 years. Bruce Rosen of the group United for Action says New York should instead turn to clean energy sources like solar and wind to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Bruce Rosen: “The governor has promoted renewables. In no way is nuclear power renewable. We don’t know how to handle the waste. … So these have to go. The state should be going, as everybody’s here, 100 percent as fast as possible to renewable energy.”
The New York protest came as a draft budget document seen by the website Axios reveals the Trump administration hopes to slash the Energy Department’s renewable and energy efficiency program by nearly 70 percent.