On Sunday’s radio programs by Kevin Burke on WHPC 90.3FM, broadcasted from Nassau Community College, two Yes We Can! LI Board Members, Community Activist Bob Young & Merrick Gables Association President Derek Donnelly, joined by Freeport Trustee Robert Kennedy, discussed the ongoing controversy regarding the proposed waste-to-energy plant in Freeport. In this informative discussion, many aspects of the issue are discussed, including environmental and political components of the situation. It’s well worth the half-hour to become familiar with the issues (from the point of view of those leading the opposition).
[Bob Young & Derek Donnelly were not speaking on behalf of Yes We Can! Long Island in this radio appearance]
A recent New York Times Op-Ed, “Power From Trash…” gives a different perspective on waste-to-energy plants, arguing they can be part of a “greener” future for New York City and the United States.
More than a decade ago, countries in the European Union committed themselves to stop burying anything other than inert materials (like broken glass and construction rubble) that are not easily recycled, biodegraded or burned. By immediately taking steps to do the same, New York City could reduce its use of costly landfills — ultimately by 90 percent or more. It’s the only responsible way for the city to manage its waste.
Read the full Op-Ed, “Power From Trash…”, at The NY Times.
The varying perspectives do make one thing clear, this is a vibrant issue that needs more focus from our local media and politicians to help the general public become more educated and increasing understanding of the future of waste-to-energy plants in our “backyard” on Long Island and throughout the rest of the nation.