This Saturday, April 30th, the last reactor at the Indian Point nuclear plant will shut down for good. This closure was hard won after decades of activism by dozens of organizations* and thousands of individuals. Indian Point needs to close because it poses a threat to the safety, health, and environment of downstate New York.
Contrary to the fearmongering and misinformation spread by the nuclear and gas industries, this closure doesn’t mean that any lights will go out, or that we will need to build new gas plants to replace Indian Point.
Instead, between Jan 2017 and the end of 2019, NYS state deployed 6,550 GWhs of energy efficiency & renewables – nearly enough to replace Indian Point 2, which closed in 2020. Fossil fuel generation in 2020 was 10% lower than in 2016 before the closure agreement was signed.
|Now, we are on track to replace Indian Point more than two times over with efficiency and renewables by 2025.|
After Indian Point shuts down for good on Friday, AGREE will continue to work with their allies across New York to continue the process of moving New York to a 100% renewable energy system.
|Here are some events you can attend to celebrate this victory:|
Riverkeeper Forum: Indian Point Powers Down: A Historic Day for the Hudson
Friday, April 30, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
RSVP here | Facebook Event
Join Riverkeeper for an online forum on the decades-long fight to close Indian Point, and the future issues regarding safe decommissioning, a just transition for affected workers and communities, environmental justice, and a clean, safe energy future for New York.
Speakers will include Rep. Mondaire Jones, Riverkeeper, and many activists and educators. There will also be a screening of the short film, “The Long Shadow of Indian Point.”
Shut Down Indian Point Now Forum: Marking Indian Point’s Closing – One Down, Four to Go
Friday, April 30, 7:30pm – 8:00pm
RSVP here | More Info
Join Shut Down Indian Point Now to take a moment to reflect on the closure of Indian Point. This event is dedicated to Gary Shaw and the thousands of activists who participated along the way to help get us here.
Sharing their part of the story will be Marilyn Elie who protested IP before it was built; Leona Morgan (Diné) of Nuclear Issues Study Group; Mari Inoue, Esq. from the Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World; Tim Judson of Nuclear Information Resource Service; and many more.
More resources to learn about Indian Point:
AGREE Twitter thread dispelling myths about the Indian Point shutdown (please retweet!)
This NRDC blog outlines why Indian Point was shut down, and how we are replacing it with renewable energy
Indian Point Closes for Good … Three Distinct Voices For and Against Green Radio Hour with Jon Bowermaster, including interviews with Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper, and Courtney Williams, activist and cancer researcher who is raising a family in the shadow of Indian Point
Previous Video Forums on the Closure of Indian Point and the Transition to 100% Renewables:
No Nukes, No Gas: The Viability of 100% Renewable New York
A Just Transition to 100% Renewable New York
The Public Health Case for a 100% Renewable New York
*Here are just some of the groups that we know were part of the fight to close Indian Point:
WESPAC Foundation, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, United for Safe Energy, United for Action, Trade Justice for Metro NY, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Stony Point Convergence, Stony Point Center, Sierra Club, Shut Down Indian Point Now, Scenic Hudson, Sane Energy Project, Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG), Safe Energy Campaign, Riverkeeper, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Peace Action NYS and NYC, Pax Christi Metro NY, NYPIRG, NYC Safe Energy Coalition, NYC Metro Raging Grannies, NYC Friends of Clearwater, NYC Environmental Law & Justice Project, NY Metro Progressives, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Natural Resource Defence Council (NRDC), Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS), Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free Future, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC), Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, Helen Caldicott Foundation, Greenpeace, Green Education and Legal Fund, Granny Peace Brigade, Global 2000, Friends of the Earth, Frack Action, Food & Water Watch, Environment TV, Eco-Logic Radio, Code Pink NY, Code Pink Long Island, Clearwater, Citizen’s Environmental Coalition, Citizen Action NY, Citizens Awareness Network (CAN), Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Bronx Climate Justice North, Big Apple Coffee Party, Beyond Nuclear, Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), 350 NYC