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Environment New York supports cleaner cars

 “America should be putting cars that burn too much gasoline in the rear-view mirror. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration’s order today is a green light to keep making cars that dirty our air, endanger our health and threaten our children's future.”  Heather Leibowitz, Director, Environment New York

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Report: Colleges and Universities Can Lead America’s Shift to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

America’s colleges and universities are positioned to lead the transition to 100 percent renewable energy, according to a report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. The report stresses that a complete shift to clean, renewable energy is the best way for colleges and universities to achieve their carbon reduction goals and highlights schools across the country that are taking measures to make the transition to renewable energy.

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Report: Colleges and Universities Can Lead America’s Shift to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

America’s colleges and universities are positioned to lead the transition to 100 percent renewable energy, according to a report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center.

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Rolling Back Clean Car Standard

“America should be putting cars that burn too much gasoline in the rear-view mirror. Unfortunately, EPA’s potential action may be a green light to keep making cars that dirty our air, endanger our health and threaten our children's future.” --Heather Leibowitz, Environment New York.

WASHINGTON, DC ---According to reports, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to begin rolling back state and federal clean car standards. The reports state that the administration intends to withdraw the final determination on EPA’s vehicle emission standards for 2022-2025. In addition there are reports that the administration also is expected to initiate the process to revoke the California waiver that allows California to charge ahead on stronger clean vehicle programs.

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Scott Pruitt won’t protect New York’s air, water or families

Today the Senate voted to approve President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment New York’s Director, Heather Leibowitz, issued the following statement in response:

“This country needs an Environmental Protection Agency Administrator whose top priority is protecting our air and water and our families’ health. We need somebody willing to enforce and defend our bedrock environmental laws and a leader guided by science when creating and implementing policy.

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New York Urged to Take Stronger Action Against Power Plant Pollution

New York, NY – 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.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, made the following statement:

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EPA Affirms Clean Cars Standards

New York, NY- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency affirmed that automakers can and must make cars and trucks more efficient. This action ensures that fuel efficiency standards will continue to increase as proposed in 2012, with cars and light-duty trucks reaching 54.5 miles per gallon by model year 2025. These standards will make our vehicles go twice as far on a gallon of gas, reduce dangerous air pollution, protect our climate, and save American drivers money at the pump.

“Today’s announcement ensures that our cars and trucks will become increasingly cleaner, helping to protect our health and our environment,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Transportation is now the largest source of dangerous carbon pollution in the country, so these standards are more important than ever.”

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Closing Indian Point Will Make New York City Safer while Fighting Climate Change Advocates Urge Greater Ambition

New York, NY - Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Indian Point nuclear power plant—located 24 miles north of New York City—will be shutting down by April 2021. This action will make area residents safer and more secure. 

At the same time, the governor pledged to replace Indian Point with clean energy, producing no net increase in global warming pollution. The governor proposed to work with neighboring states to strengthen limits on global warming pollution from power plants to ensure continued regional progress toward clean air. Specifically, the governor proposed to strengthen the limit on pollution set through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) by 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

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Huge Crowd Rallies, Supports LIPA, Asks for Offshore Wind Commitment in New York

Uniondale, N.Y.— One week after the Block Island Wind Farm began producing power, New York labor unions, civic and environmental organizations and elected officials hosted a rally outside of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) today praising them for their support of offshore wind power and next month’s expected vote to move forward on the nation’s largest offshore wind project. Over 100 gathered in front of LIPA, representing Long Island’s largest showing of support for offshore wind to date. Located off the east end of Long Island, Deepwater Wind’s 90-megawatt, 15-turbine project will produce enough energy to power about 50,000 Long Island homes by 2022. Additionally, groups are calling on LIPA to move forward on the Island-Wide renewable energy Request for Proposal in early 2017 which could include another 210 MW of offshore wind off of Long Island’s south fork.

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