Bright Idea

Michael McGuire

How does going without lights for two hours show that people are against NYRI? It doesn’t.

It shows that they are together.

From 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, STOP NYRI Inc. is urging residents along the 200-mile NYRI route to turn off their home and holiday lights, and demonstrate a collective opposition to the power line, and a collective adherence to community welfare.

I think it’s a great idea, and I’m sure many others do too. But I’m not sure many people will participate. Homeowners living in the line of fire definitely will keep it dark for a couple hours, however, I am generally pessimistic when it comes to everybody else.

It would be awesome to have a black swath eating a hole from Central to Southern New York state – it would be newsworthy. Apathy (a good portion of people don’t care about NYRI), the holiday rush (a good portion of people care about the holidays more than NYRI) and the general addiction to convenience (a good portion of the people care about convenience more than anything, i.e. that is why energy starved areas downstate won’t put up generation plants or power lines in their own backyards, but are willing to Upstate) will keep people keeping their lights on.

Hopefully the darkness will spread beyond the frightful homeowners. Hopefully the light hasn’t spread too much.