Stringer outlines opposition to Astoria power plant project in letter to state

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has denounced a major energy company’s plan to overhaul its Astoria fuel-burning facility and urged the state to conduct a more thorough review of the proposed power plant project.

Stringer, who is running a progressive campaign for mayor, said the project has not undergone adequate environmental and public health reviews and contradicts the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires New York to generate 70 percent of its electricity via renewable sources, like solar and wind power, by 2030. 

“This proposal, just as any further expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, is incompatible with our climate goals,” Stringer wrote in a letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation Thursday. 

A reliance on natural gas “only threatens our progress towards a more sustainable future for our city,” he said.

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