NYRI update – Energy policy

When I began writing about New York Regional Interconnect a year and a half ago, I was concerned about what precedents this power line would set if water shortages ever became a big political issue in future years. Here I was thinking maybe 10, 20 years in the future – which made a “NYRI watch” seem almost like an academic exercise. But I never dreamed that conservation issues would so swiftly come to the fore, and that I’d be spending increasing time writing about water policy.

NYRI is still a grim threat for people living along the proposed line, so last week’s development is a bit of good news: NYRI can’t sue the state over the Bonacic law passed last year, that stopgap move that I likened to using the silverware as cannon shot. (Here’s a refresher on what’s in this law.)

Perhaps all this means is that a little more time has been bought before the Feds move in with the dogs. But the Utica Observer-Dispatch, in an editorial, exhorts the region to stay united and to press for a coherent statewide energy policy. This is, after all, a New York problem — and if New York would just take care of its own problems, that would fend off the federal government and the corporations looking to profit from the Empire State’s weaknesses and divisions. (Are you listening, Gov. Spitzer?)

One Reply to “NYRI update – Energy policy”

  1. You are absolutely correct about the NYRI issue. Among all the issues that divide us in Upstate, this one common enemy should weld us together. Yet, I have seen very, very little action in the form of political leadership against it, only citizens’ groups. Citizens’ groups are very important but let’s not forget that they aren’t terribly effective in a state that prides itself to death on insider politics and litigation.

    If NYRI gets its way, it will be because the “leaders” of New York State allowed it. I have great doubts that Spitzer is “on our side.” He is looking like another pimped sell-out who can “cut a deal” with the libs or neo-cons who salivate over controlling our state (and elsewhere). It is not enough for our politicians to say they are “against it.” Where are the deeds? If there are no deeds, then it is very doubtful they were truly ever against it.

    P.S. Rudy Guilani’s law firm is the NYRI group’s legal counsel. It is also the legal counsel for Security and Prosperity Partnership (for the “North American Union”).

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