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Letter: Highlight renewable energy now

Solar panels on a rooftop.

Solar panels on a rooftop. Credit: Newsday

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "pre-Sandy" Long Island energy blueprint called, in part, for overhauling antiquated fossil-fuel plants and to construct new ones ["Cuomo unveils energy goals," News, Oct. 23]. Post-Sandy, the governor should scrap that part of his plan and prioritize renewable energy.

While there may not be only one cause, a major reason for climate change is planetary warming from burning fossil fuels.

A recent study, "Long Island Clean Electricity Vision," by Synapse Energy Economics, a Massachusetts consulting company, concludes that by 2020 Long Island residential electricity can be provided by renewable energy, and by 2030, all Long Island electricity needs can be met using currently available renewable energy technologies.

Peter Maniscalco, Manorville

Editor's note: The writer is an energy activist.