“I applaud Governor Cuomo for moving to revoke National Grid’s certificate to operate its gas franchise. The Governor’s letter rightfully highlights the coercive and abusive tactics that National Grid undertook to try to drum up support for the environmentally backward fracked gas Williams Pipeline.
“It is time to recognize that National Grid and Con Edison’s business models are premised on digging us deeper into the climate crisis. We can’t leave our climate future in the hands of utilities who only want to line their pockets by preserving the status quo. That’s why I have called for a moratorium on major gas infrastructure because any fossil fuel infrastructure we install today only puts our climate goals further out of reach.
“Rather than letting National Grid walk away with a fine or letting their franchise be taken over by an equally profit-driven competitor, the City and State should explore the feasibility of a public takeover of the natural gas system. We need to begin to responsibly develop plans to replace gas infrastructure with renewable and electric alternatives. After years of unchecked fossil fuel expansion, it’s clear we cannot count on the utilities being cooperative partners.
“Natural gas expansion is incompatible
with our climate objectives and it’s time to start considering putting
power in the hands of the people.”