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.

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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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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BOEM announcement big step forward for Offshore Wind in New York

Today, Department of Interior Secretary, Sally Jewel, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director, Abby Hopper, announced the lease sale notice for over 79,000 acres off of the coast of New York. Citing strong industry interest in the opportunity to develop off Long Island, advocates lauded the announcement as another important step toward realizing offshore wind. 

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Environment New York maps out 50 steps towards carbon-free transportation

Pollution from our nation’s cars, buses, trucks and trains are taking America dangerously off track to meeting climate goals, according to a new report written by Frontier Group and released by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. 50 STEPS TOWARD CARBON-FREE TRANSPORTATION: Rethinking U.S. Transportation Policy to Fight Global Warming concludes that 21st century transportation policy must quickly shift to new priorities, guided by a central goal of curbing climate-altering carbon pollution.

Just last week in New York, Governor Cuomo took a step in the right direction by announcing a contract for the installation of 300 electric vehicle charging stations at public locations across New York.

“Our daily commutes are cooking the planet, but they don't have to.  We have the technology and skilled workforce to build cleaner cars and the tools to give Americans cleaner choices for getting from point A to point B,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Governor Cuomo is making progress here, but he should keep supporting cleaner cars, invest in more public transit, and foster communities that enable people to walk and bike safely. We have solutions, now we just need the right policies to make it happen.”

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

STATEMENT: Massachusetts calls for stronger regional pollution limits; New York stands to benefit and should join in

Officials in Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration announced their support today for strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program that reduces global warming pollution from power plants in nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, including New York.  

News Release | Environment New York

New York Announces Establishment of Clean Energy Standard

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of New York’s Clean Energy Standard. The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030.

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

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Groups Respond to LIPA’s Postponement of Offshore Wind Vote

Dear Governor Cuomo:

The undersigned local, state and national organizations representing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers write to express our deep concern and disappointment that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees postponed the vote scheduled for July 20, 2016, which was expected to advance New York’s first offshore wind farm over 30 miles from the East End of Long Island.

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