Rudy Giuliani spoke out against potential plans to close the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant at the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Irish Heritage Luncheon yesterday. Mr. Giuliani and his lobbying firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, have been hired to promote the plantby its owners, Entergy Nuclear, who are pushing for a new 20-year license to continue running the plant.
“I’m going to talk about Indian Point and the need for Indian Point. It supplies 25 percent of the energy for New York City. Mayor Bloomberg has said that, if Indian Point is closed down, New York City, will have brownouts, maybe even blackouts,” Mr. Giuliani said in a conversation with reporters prior to his speech. “I really want to talk some common sense about nuclear power.”
At the Assembly hearing on the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant this morning, lawmakers heard from energy policymakers, the company that owns the plant and some uninvited protesters.
Indian Point, which is located less than forty miles of the five boroughs, provides approximately thirty percent of the power for New York City and Westchester County. Those who want Indian Point shut down say the plant, which began operations in the early 1960′s, is outdated and dangerous. Indian Point’s supporters argue the plant is a vital part of the energy grid.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was at an undisclosed location on Long Island this afternoon when the state was rattled by an earthquake in Virginia.
“I’m on Long Island but I didn’t feel anything,” Cuomo told reporters on a conference call a few hours later. “People who were with me said they felt it, but I didn’t feel anything.”
Cuomo was joined on the call by his Director of State Operations, Howard Glaser, who said, in essence, that everything is fine.