Actor James Cromwell Arrested Protesting NY Power Plant Site

James Cromwell as Zefram Cochrane
James Cromwell as Zefram Cochrane

Hollywood actor James Cromwell was born in Manhattan (NYC) and maintains a summer home in upstate–in Orange County, NY. Cromwell played Zefram Cochrane (mythical creator of the warp engine) in the 1996 movie Star Trek: First Contact (one of our favs). It was distressing to learn that Cromwell is the latest Hollywood know-nothing to oppose natural gas. Cromwell opposes a clean-burning natural gas-fired electric plant being built near his summer home in Orange County, because, well, because it’s being built near his summer home (see Star Trek Actor with Upstate NY Home Speaks Against Power Plant). In September Cromwell and other area anti-fossil fuelers sued to stop the Competitive Power Ventures $900 million project–perhaps they prefer dilithium crystals to natgas? The frivolous lawsuit was tossed out (see Orange County, NY Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant OK’d by Judge). Well, 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. That’s what Cromwell and some of his homies did last Friday–they got arrested and carted away to the klink…

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