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New York is about to spew a lot more carbon into the air, thanks to Andrew Cuomo and anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s anti-nuclear crusade

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New York's air is about to be filled with a whole lot more carbon dioxide, thanks in large part to the efforts of a couple of science-denying scions of political dynasties who claim to be acting in the interests of the environment.

The Indian Point nuclear power plant — located in Buchanan, New York, about 30 miles north of Manhattan — is slated to have its third and final reactor permanently shut down by the end of April, thanks to an order signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2017.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. — Cuomo's former brother-in-law — and his activist group Riverkeeper have agitated for decades to shut down Indian Point. To make the case, Kennedy's thrown just about every scare-mongering worst-case scenario at the wall, regardless of its plausibility or scientific merit.

This is par for the course for RFK, Jr., a notorious anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist, who was one of the most prominent spreaders of misinformation with regards to the fully debunked theory that vaccines lead to childhood autism.

Indian Point's closure is being celebrated as a long and hard-fought win for environmentalists.

In reality, it's a pyrrhic victory.

Emotionally-driven fears of nuclear power are nothing new, as disasters like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl created a staunch and lasting opposition to the technology.

But the fear of nuclear energy is running headlong into the........

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