As the elected leader of the students of Fredonia, a campus which prides itself on its sustainability efforts and environmental advocacy, I must advocate for the conversion of the NRG plant to natural gas.
There are two reasons for this. The first is that it would greatly improve the air quality in the community in which so many of the students that I represent happen to live. Not only is natural gas a safer and cleaner alternative to coal, but it is also much cheaper.
In fact, it's estimated that this would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 69 percent. Second, the impractical closure of the NRG plant would result in a more beleaguered tax base for our community, effectively raising the rent on many off-campus student renters.
The choice is clear. Our community cannot afford a dormant NRG plant. Please contact your local officials, or visit powerupwny.org to sign a petition and make your voice heard.
JORDAN W. NICHOLSON,
president, Student Association
Fredonia State University