Culture on the Cheap
Get A Load Of This: The Power Plant That Won’t Die
Via my comrades at Curbed:
On Friday, April 18 TransGas Energy Systems LLC will petition the NYS Siting Board to reverse its March 21, 2008 decision denying TransGasâ€™ application for the permit required to build its state-of-the-art, clean, environmentally positive cogeneration plant in Greenpoint Brooklyn.
In its zeal to appease former Deputy Mayor Doctoroff and the newly gentrified community of Greenpoint, the Siting Board, guided by the staff of the Department of Public Service, gutted the Stateâ€™s authority over the licensing of electric generating plants and transmission facilities. The Siting Board opted to defer to local governments on whether and where to build new electric infrastructure. The decision to mollify a well-heeled, largely white, professional neighborhood â€“ who simply did not want to have a new power plant in their backyard, however clean it might be â€“ confirms what many observers have come to conclude: that New York State is on a suicide mission to sacrifice the Stateâ€™s future in order to cater to NIMBYâ€™s.
Um, has Transgas ever tread north of Greenpoint Avenue? Given this snippet of rhetoric I doubt it. Get with it, assholes. This community is not solely white, well-heeled or professional; it is a working class neighborhood that is sick and tired of being used as a dumping ground to mollify other “well-heeled, largely white, professional(s)”.