News Release | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

A Turning Point for New York's Offshore Wind Energy

New York State can create jobs while powering our homes and businesses with local, clean energy, but only if Governor Cuomo takes the right steps now, according to a new report released today by national and state business, environment, and energy groups. The Turning Point for Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy: Time for Action to Create Jobs, Reduce Pollution, Protect Wildlife & Secure America’s Energy Future details the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind energy, potential obstacles to progress, and a prosperous path forward.

News Release | Environment New York

Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards

Today the Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in New York and nationwide. The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025. A recent joint analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Union of Concerned Scientists projects that by 2030 in New York alone, the standards will cut carbon pollution from vehicles by more than 12 million metric tons—the equivalent of the annual pollution of 1.8 million of today’s vehicles—and save more than one billion gallons of fuel annually.

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Environmental groups: NY State’s decision to exempt farms from permit program will weaken clean water protection standards

In response to Governor Cuomo’s proposal today to remove permit requirements for medium Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), a coalition of leading environmental groups released the following statement: 

“As organizations committed to protecting and restoring New York’s rivers, lakes and streams, we are very concerned by the announcement today that New York State will weaken state environmental protections put in place to protect public health, safety and the environment by exempting medium sized industrial farms from its CAFO permit program. As a result, these farms will be allowed to grow from 200 to 299 cows without requiring the installation of structural controls such aswaste storage facilities and water diversions essential to protecting the State’s waters from being contaminated with animal waste.

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Groups Representing Millions of Americans Say No to Fracking

Amid reports that a decision on fracking in New York is imminent, national environmental organizations – collectively representing millions of members across the country – sent a letter to Governor Cuomo today urging him to heed concerns raised by scores of local and statewide groups over dirty drilling. Those state groups in June called Governor Cuomo’s plan to allow fracking in five upstate counties inconsistent with his pledge to protect public health and the environment.

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Businesses, Consumer, Energy & Environment Groups, & Elected Officials Call on Gov Cuomo to Build on Regional Climate Effort’s Success

Fifty-seven New York-based groups and elected officials yesterday delivered a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo calling on him to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (nicknamed “RGGI”), the precedent-setting multi-state effort to reduce climate pollution from power plants. The signatories, which represent the business, consumer, energy, environment and health communities, were joined by more than 250 regional, national and other state groups in the RGGI region signaling their support for the nation’s first enforceable effort to cut the pollution that is changing our climate. With record high temperatures and droughts plaguing much of the nation, the impacts of climate change are becoming more prevalent. It is clear that we have no time to waste; we must strengthen RGGI now.

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