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New York Denies Permits to 2 Power Plants, Citing Emissions-Curbing Law

HeadlineOct 28, 2021

New York state will deny permits to a pair of natural gas power plants, with Governor Kathy Hochul calling them incompatible with state law requiring cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. The move cancels Danskammer Energy’s plans to build a fracked gas plant in the town of Newburgh on the Hudson River. Also canceled are NRG Energy’s plans for a gas-fired power plant in Astoria, Queens. That project had drawn opposition from progressive Democratic Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Food & Water Watch applauded the move, writing in a statement, “Governor Hochul’s decision strikes a critical blow to the fossil fuel industry, providing a huge victory for New York’s climate movement. She is showing the nation what real climate leadership looks like.”

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