Letter to Cuomo and Zibelman calling for extension to comment deadline on "nuclear tax" proposal (44 groups and counting)

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Chair Audrey Zibelman
New York State Public Service Commission
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 3
Albany, NY 12223-1350

July 12, 2016

Dear Governor Cuomo and Chair Zibelman:

We, the undersigned organizations, ask for your immediate attention to the process and substance of a Department of Public Service Staff proposal for nuclear subsidies in Public Service Commission case #15-E-0302. In sum, the proposal submitted Friday imposes a nuclear tax on the people of the state in the amount of approximately $7.5 billion. 

This is a mistaken policy that will hurt our state. There are cheaper, fairer and less costly ways of meeting the laudable goals of economic development and carbon reduction. Under this new proposal, New York will spend more than twice as much on nuclear subsidies as it will for renewable energy under the Clean Energy Standard. This is an opportunity cost and a waste of money that New Yorkers cannot afford.

Furthermore we have been given only 10 days (only 6 business days) to digest and comment on this new proposal. This is fundamentally unfair. Please intervene so that we have at least 45 days to analyze and comment on this proposal.


All Our Energy    
George Povall    
Point Lookout, NY

Alliance for a Green Economy    
Jessica Azulay    
Program Director    
Syracuse, NY

Beyond Nuclear    
Kevin Kamps    
Radioactive Waste Specialist and Watchdog    
Takoma Park, MD

Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition    
Adam Flint    
Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager    
Binghamton, NY

Campaign for Renewable Energy    
Brian Eden    
Ithaca, NY

Catskill Mountainkeeper    
Wes Gillingham    
Program Director    
Livingston Manor, NY

Citizens' Environmental Coalition     
Barbara Warren         
Executive Director     
Orange County, NY

The CORA Foundation/ArtRage Gallery  
Rose Viviano    
Syracuse, New York

Council on Intelligent Energy & Conservation Policy    
Michel Lee    
Scarsdale, NY

Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition    
Marie McRae        
Dryden, NY

Environmental Justice Task Force
Charlie Bowman
Buffalo, NY

Frack Action  
Julia Walsh    
Campaign Director  
Kingston, NY

Grassroots Environmental Education    
Ellen Weininger    
Director, Educational Outreach    
Port Washington, NY

The Green Resource Hub of the Finger Lakes     
Maribeth Rubenstein     
President of the Board   
Ithaca, NY

GreeningUSA, Inc.    
John Przepiora    
Syracuse, NY

Food & Water Watch 
Alex Beauchamp
Northeast Region Director
Brooklyn, NY

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.    
Manna Jo Greene    
Beacon, New York

Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition    
Gary Shaw    
Member of the Leadership Council    
Ossining, NY

Iroquois Group of the Sierra Club  
Linda A. DeStefano    
Conservation Chair    
Syracuse, NY

Keep Yorktown Safe    
Paul Moskowitz    
Yorktown, NY

Misha's Ark Petsitting  
Misha Fredericks        
Gardiner, NY

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson    
Jonathan Bix    
Executive Director     
Poughkeepsie, NY

Nuclear Free World Committee of Syracuse Peace Council    
Diane Swords    
Committee Chair    
Syracuse, NY

Nuclear Information and Resource Service    
Timothy Judson    
Executive Director    
Takoma Park, MD

Russ Haven    
Legislative Counsel    
Albany, New York

Partnership for the Public Good    
Sam Magavern    
Buffalo, NY

Peace Action Fund of New York State    
Kate Alexander    
Director of Policy and Outreach    
New York, NY

Peace Action of Staten Island    
Ilya Geller   
Staten Island, NY

People for Animal Rights
Linda DeStefano
Syracuse, NY

People of Albany United for Safe Energy - PAUSE    
Diana L Wright    
Albany, NY

Physicians for Social Responsibility/New York    
Shannon Gearhart, MD, MPH        
New York, NY

Pilgrim-St. Luke's & El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ
Rev. Justo González, II    
Buffalo, NY

Present-Day Products  
Mark Rausher  
New Paltz, NY

Public Citizen
Allison Fisher
Outreach Director, Public Citizen's Climate and Energy Program
Washington, DC

PUSH Buffalo    
Clarke Gocker    
Director of Policy and Strategy    
Buffalo, NY

Safe Energy Rights Group, Inc.    
Nancy S. Vann    
Peekskill, NY

Sane Energy Project
Kim Fraczek and Patrick Robbins
New York, NY

Jack Ramsden      
Syracuse, NY

Social Ventures    
Sara Hess    
Ithaca, NY

Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)    
Suzannah Glidden    
North Salem, NY

Sustainable Tompkins
Gay Nicholson
Ithaca, NY

Syracuse Peace Council
Ursula Rozum
Syracuse, NY

Syracuse United Neighbors   
Richard Puchalski      
Executive Director     
Syracuse, NY

Workers' Center of Central New York    
Rebecca Fuentes      
Syracuse, NY