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POWER AUTHORITY'S FLYNN CITES LOCAL ACTIONS ON ENVIRONMENT

 POWER AUTHORITY'S FLYNN CITES LOCAL ACTIONS ON ENVIRONMENT
 NEW YORK, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Power Authority Chairman Richard M. Flynn told New York City school teachers today that actions by individuals could make major differences in resolving environmental problems.
 "I think it's fair to say that, in the final analysis, it is the actions of individuals -- more than any lofty statements from Rio de Janiero -- that will determine our success in cleaning up our air, our water and the other elements of our environment," said Flynn.
 "We know what the environmental problems are. We know people worldwide are concerned. That's why so many world leaders are discussing global warming in Rio right now. We also know that people in New York, right in this room, are concerned. The question is how do we attack these problems? How do we solve these problems in a way that protects our environment and also maintains and improves the standard of living for all people?"
 Flynn spoke at the American Museum of Natural History as part of a global warming conference for teachers in the city's Bilingual Children's Project.
 He said the Power Authority has "jumped to the forefront in individual and collective efforts to make a difference in energy supplies and the impact on the environment."
 "Statewide," said Flynn, "we provide about one-quarter of all the electricity. It is clean energy. More than 90 percent is generated without burning fossil fuels. And without releasing pollutants into the atmosphere."
 He said the Power Authority, which supplies electricity to all government buildings and facilities in New York City and most of Westchester County, had devised a progressive conservation program to squeeze maximum use from the power, while saving government agencies -- and ultimately taxpayers and farepayers -- money.
 Flynn said the program, called HELP, for High Efficiency Lighting Program, could save at least $75 million while improving the environment.
 The use of electric vehicles was also cited by Flynn as a promising solution to air quality problems.
 "We just drove some electric vans from City Hall to the museum," said Flynn. "The vans may look ordinary, but they're far from it. They're battery powered. They travel at normal highway speeds and they work all day long in normal, routine assignments.
 "At the end of the day, however, rather than pulling them up to a gas pump, they're plugged into an outlet for an overnight recharge," said Flynn.
 Five battery-powered vans, purchased jointly by New York City and the Power Authority for use by the city, were displayed at City Hall before the trek to the museum.
 The vans were driven by Flynn and New York City Environmental Protection Commissioner Albert Appleton, Transportation Commissioner Lucius Riccio, and Energy and Telecommunications Commissioner Bill Squadron.
 "We did our part today to help cut the emission of harmful pollutants into the air," said Flynn.
 That, he said, is important in the New York City area because continued failure to meet federal clean-air regulations could impede efforts to bring in job-producing industries and could also cost federal highway funds.
 Flynn encouraged the teachers to be creative, to consider practical solutions, to keep an open mind to innovation and to encourage those with new ideas -- especially students.
 "You never know where you're going to find a great solution," he said.
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