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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

News Release | Environment America

Federal regulators reject Rick Perry proposal to bail out coal and nuclear plants

Federal regulators have rejected a proposal from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize unnecessary and aging coal and nuclear power plants at the expense of cleaner, more affordable energy options. The proposed rule was a not-so-thinly veiled effort to prop up dying fossil fuels and undermine modern, clean, renewable energy.

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News Release | Environment New York

Offshore drilling proposal threatens America’s coasts and marine wildlife

Bidding for offshore oil and gas leases could begin as early as 2019 in almost all federal waters under a new Trump Administration proposal. Environment New York denounced the plan, which would open vast new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling.    

“Oil and gas drilling is an inherently dirty and dangerous business. There is simply no safe way to drill,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “By allowing offshore drilling in more of our coastal waters, the Trump administration increases the chances of a dangerous oil spill. Opening these areas to drilling endangers sea life including whales, dolphins, and sea turtles, as well as the life and livelihoods of New Yorkers and all Americans in coastal communities.”

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News Release | Environment New York

State of the State: Leading the Way on Climate

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address discussed a range of pro-environmental initiatives. The Governor's announcement included proposals to: expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; issue solicitations in 2018 and 2019 to develop at least 800 MW of offshore wind projects and foster offshore wind industry; create the zero cost Solar for All Program for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers; as well as directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to adopt regulations to close all coal plants.

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

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News Release | Environment New York

Coalition of Business, Labor, Environment & Community Leaders Applaud Governor Cuomo’s Bold Vision to Make NY National Offshore Wind Leader

A large, diverse coalition of business, labor, environmental, grassroots organizations, and elected officials committed to clean energy applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bold and visionary commitments to make New York State the national leader in offshore wind power, announced today as part of New York’s 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda. Find statements of Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, and coalition members. 

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News Release | Environment New York

New York cracks down on global warming pollution with new power plant rules

Today, nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states finalized new rules to cut power plant pollution by at least two-thirds below 2005 levels by 2030. The action makes the best regional clean air and climate protection program in the country – the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – even better. This program – which first took effect in 2009 – limits dangerous pollution from power plants in New York and across the region, helping to slow the warming of our planet and clean up our air. It also fuels investment in clean energy by making polluters pay to pollute.

Today’s decision follows a multi-year review of the program with broad stakeholder input, including more than 500 leaders calling for greater ambition. The action is particularly noteworthy in light of the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration to reverse prior administrations’ actions to fight climate change, including the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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

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