Blat Session to Oppose Upstate NY NatGas-Fired Electric Plant

Last September Hollywood actor James Cromwell, who lives in Manhattan and keeps a summer home in upstate–Orange County, NY–banded with some of his anti-fossil fuel neighbors and sued to stop the Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) $900 million natural gas-fired electric generating plant planned to be built near his home. The frivolous lawsuit was tossed out (see Orange County, NY Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant OK’d by Judge). What’s a spoiled rich kid from Manhattan who wants to keep upstate pristine as his own private playground going to do? Get a bunch of easily-impressed neighbors to stage a sit-in and illegally block construction at the site. Which they did, and promptly got arrested for (see Actor James Cromwell Arrested Protesting NY Power Plant Site). This is the story that keeps on giving. Another has-been like Cromwell, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (left of Bernie Sanders, if that’s possible), showed up at a blat session on Wednesday to lend his voice in opposition…

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