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New York has a lot to lose by moving quickly to green energy

In his March 5, letter to the Leader-Herald, Sidney Harring stated that New York has nothing to lose by moving quickly to green energy.

With all due respect Mr. Harring, your letter is long on words and short on details.

So let’s discuss a very real situation. Like his arrogant father who killed the 800 megawatt Shoreham nuclear power plant in the 1980s, the arrogant and tyrannical current governor has killed 2,000 megawatts of nuclear power at Indian Point in Westchester County (along with thousands of senior citizens in nursing homes but I digress).

So that everyone may understand exactly what a megawatt is, imagine 1,400 horses, each one running on a treadmill round the clock.

So here is my assignment for you. In 400 words or less, outline a plan to replace the loss of the baseload capacity at Indian Point. Be specific — no generalities, no platitudes and no appeals to emotion.

It is up to you whether or not want to use a diverse mix of power sources but you must figure out a way to generate electricity when the sun doesn’t shine, when the rivers run low and when the wind doesn’t blow. The power output must not vary at all over a 24-hour period; this is after all the definition of baseload capacity.

Additionally you are limited to the use of currently available technologies only — no unproven technologies, no saying that in five, 10 or 20 years we’re gonna have this technology or that technology.

Finally, all power generation must be located New York state. Importing kilowatts and kilowatt-hours over transmission lines from outside of New York will be construed as a cop-out response and will earn you a failing grade.

You have two weeks to reply in this forum to my letter after it is published.

Good luck.

–CHARLES HEIMERDINGER

Edinburg

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