I have never head of the The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative until I read today's Union Sun & Journal and once again I'm amazed at how dumb New York State can be. It's a 10-state initiative that apparently began with Governor Pataki that seeks to reduce greenhouse gases by punishing coal plants.
Now, whether your a big old tree hugger or you have a tired fire in your backyard, I would think common sense would say that New York entering into these dumb agreements when states like Ohio and Pennsylvania do not is plain stupid. First, any benefit to clean air for us is lost since the prevailing winds travel west to east and if these states don't participate, we still breath their dirty air. Worse, we drive up New York energy costs and drive out jobs from New York for green ideas that matter little if the whole country isn't engaged.
Furthermore, the AES Somerset plant is Niagara County's biggest taxpayer and is already suffering economically. If AES goes under you can surely bet you will see a significant increase in your property taxes and again, for what gain? Outside of a few whackos, does anyone want to see AES closed?
Unless the federal government is going to impose this crap on everyone....which they will never do, especially in a recession....New York should stop shooting itself in the foot. Follow New Jersey's lead and drop the RGGI. Niagara County taxpayers would be grateful.