Encourage Long Island to Invest in Wind Energy

Target: Long Island Power Authority

Goal: Invest in clean, renewable wind energy rather than continuing to depend on dirty and unsafe oil, nuclear and coal.

The Long Island Power Authority is in the midst of a debate over the region’s energy future. In order to reach the state’s renewable energy goals, it is imperative that Long Island choose clean energy, namely offshore wind, rather than dirty and unsafe sources such as oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear power.

Currently New York depends on gas, oil, nuclear, coal and hydro-power predominantly, with only 2-3% of power coming from wind and solar energy. Thus, initial costs of infrastructure for wind power are high, and a significant hurdle at a time when the economy is struggling. However, the state of the economy is more reason to resist wasting money on unsustainable energy which will lead to external costs in healthcare for example, in the long term. Instead, now is a good time to invest with the future in mind; wind energy projects would supply jobs, and is locally and indefinitely available with no external costs to health or the environment. Siting issues for the wind turbines are presenting controversy, but locations in the ocean off Long Island are ideal, with low depths and high winds. Further, the two proposed projects would provide much needed employment. Offshore wind has proven to be successful in Europe and China; it is time for the U.S to take action at this turning point and choose sustainable, renewable energy.

Please encourage the Long Island Power Authority and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York to choose renewable energy and invest in offshore wind projects in order to supply jobs, propel the local economy, move towards energy independence, and protect the environment and the health of communities in the long run.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Long Island Power Authority,

New York is at a turning point for energy, debating between current sources of energy which are largely dirty, unsustainable and/or unsafe; and clean, safe, and sustainable renewable energy. Although a significant step, the long-term benefits of investing in offshore wind far out-way the initial obstacles of siting and cost.

In fact, the ocean off Long Island boasts shallow depths and high winds ideal for the proposed projects. In addition, rising utility costs in the area, as well as unemployment and a struggling local economy would benefit from two major offshore wind-turbine projects. Providing clean, safe energy obtained from a local, indefinitely renewable source that does negligible damage to the environment, investment in wind energy should be an obvious choice. The alternative of continuing to depend on dirty, unsafe and costly oil, gas, nuclear and coal will only add expense in the long run, while destroying human health and the environment.

The initial cost of implementing wind power infrastructure will be offset by money saved in the future from lack of fuel cost and no external health or environmental costs; in addition, many would gain employment, stimulating the local economy. Please place the health and safety of New York communities and the environment first by choosing to invest in renewable wind energy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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