In light of a state-projected energy shortage, New York needs an expansion of nuclear power; and, it's a near-"silver bullet" solution, according to an ex-Greenpeace expert. This, from a breakfast-talk held in the New York State Capital of Albany.
A greenfield nuclear generation station would take around 10 years to plan, design, site, permit, and build. It'd have to be an existing site expansion if the solution is to be timely.
This next part is complex; but stick with us, please, because we think you'll find the plot fascinating.
We looked over at SourceWatch to figure out who might be behind this "New York AREA" group.
New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (NY AREA) is a New-York lobby group that has backed a bid for the renewal of the operating license for the Indian Point nuclear power plants.
According to one news account, NY AREA is "funded at least partly by Entergy, Indian Point's owner." (Source: Michael Risinit, "Relicensing battle brews at Indian Pt," The Journal News (Westchester County, NY), March 30, 2005)
Entergy spokesperson Jim Steets told PR Watch that his company "was 'instrumental in the founding of New York AREA,' but said he didn't know 'how much of New York AREA's funding comes from Entergy.' He added, 'There's no question that there's a strong association' between Entergy and NY AREA, but as 'membership has grown, we've become just another dues-paying member.' NY AREA is comprised of 'independent-minded people, with interests of their own,' he stressed."
And Patrick Moore, who's he? New York resident perhaps? According to SourceWatch provided info (below), it seems likely that Moore resides in the Vancouver BC, Canada, area where his Greenspirit Strategies Ltd firm is based. So, hired gun breakfasting at Not-La Bergamote.
NY AREA lists Patrick Moore -- a public relations consultant retained by the Nuclear Energy Institute in 2006 -- as an advisor.  Moore appears in the November 2006 NY AREA VNR.
Patrick Moore was a leading figure with Greenpeace Canada and subsequently with Greenpeace International between 1981 and 1986. In 1991 he established a consultancy business, Greenspirit Enterprises, "focusing on environmental policy and communications in natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change.". He has worked for the mining industry, the logging industry, PVC manufacturers and in defence of biotechnology.
Moore describes himself as "chairman and chief scientist" of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., a PR company that "work with many leading organizations in forestry, biotechnology, aquaculture and plastics, developing solutions in the areas of natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change." He is also a Board Member of NextEnergy, a Canadian energy services company.
Via::Albany Times Union, "Power plant rules sought, Governor makes priority of passing new law to combat impending energy shortage" Image credit::Nuclear Energy Institute website, front page Java flash image excerpt of idealized family dancing through flower covered meadow, breathing Nuclear Clean Air.