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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

New Report: Solar Energy Benefits Vastly Outweigh Costs

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Solar energy is on the rise in the United States. Through September 2016, more than 31 gigawatts of solar electric capacity had been installed around the country, enough to power more than 6 million homes. The rapid growth of solar energy in the United States is the result of forward-looking policies that are helping the nation reduce its contribution to global warming and expand its use of local renewable energy sources.

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News Release | Environment New York

Northeast States Must Take Stronger Action Against Pollution

Today, representatives of nine states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are meeting to discuss taking stronger action to cut global warming pollution. These states, part of a regional program that limits pollution from power plants called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, are preparing to make a decision about how much to cut pollution from 2020 to 2030. Environment New York and a broad coalition are urging the states to be more ambitious.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has already been a huge success – the states in the region have collectively reduced power plant pollution by an average of 5 percent per year since 2005, and the program has generated more than $2.5 billion for clean energy investment.  Based on materials released by the states before today’s meeting, the states are now considering cutting pollution from power plants at a slower rate, between 2.5 and 3.5 percent per year. Instead of allowing slower progress, a broad coalition of non-profit groups, businesses and investors concerned about climate change are asking the states to step up their ambition and ensure that pollution continues to fall at least 5 percent per year. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, released the following statement to call for the states to set stronger pollution reduction goals.

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News Release | Environment New York

In a win for our oceans and climate, President Obama drops plans for Arctic, Atlantic drilling

In a win for our oceans and climate, the Obama administration finalized its oil and gas leasing program, which provides protection for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from risky oil and gas drilling for the next five years. “Coastal businesses, fishermen, and marine life learned the lesson after the BP disaster that when you drill, you spill,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “People spoke up loudly and clearly against offshore drilling. We are thrilled the Atlantic is protected for the next five years and adding protection for the Arctic makes the victory that much sweeter.”

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News Release | Environment New York

New U.S. Climate Plan Sets a Course Toward Clean Energy

Today, as international negotiators discuss approaches to limit global warming at climate talks in Morocco, the United States announced a long-term goal for reducing pollution. The goal, and an accompanying plan for how to achieve it, would set the United States on a course to reduce global warming pollution at least 80 percent below 2005 levels by mid-century.

This goal is consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement, endorsed by the United States and nearly 200 other nations around the world last December and now officially in effect as of November 4. The Agreement sets out to limit the rise in global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, with an aspirational goal of 1.5° C—a benchmark that scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

 

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