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From Pollution to Solutions

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), created more than a decade ago by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, has been a clear success. The program has contributed to the 60 percent reduction in carbon pollution from power plants in those states since 2005, while fueling the transition to a clean energy future.

The Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), created more than a decade ago by
Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, has been a clear success. The program has
contributed to the 60 percent reduction in carbon pollution from power plants
in those states since 2005, while fueling the transition to a clean energy
future.

 

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From Pollution to Solutions

While the United States is reeling from worsening wildfires and extreme weather, the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is helping counter the climate change-denying policies emanating from inside the Beltway. Today, RGGI, Inc. Chairman Ben Grumbles, Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment, headlined a webinar promoting the release of a new report, From Pollution to Solutions: Maximizing Clean Energy Progress from State Carbon-Pricing Investments, from Environment New York Policy and Research Center. The webinar panelists discussed case studies of how to successfully invest RGGI revenues.

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Trouble in the Air: New York City’s health at risk with 75 dirty air days in 2016

As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center, 20 million people in the New York City metropolitan area experienced 75 days of degraded air quality in 2016, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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NYC's “People’s Hearing” on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan

Today, the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York City Office of the Mayor, in partnership with NYC Councilmember Costa Constantinides, Environmental Protection Committee Chair, and The New School, presented the New York City People’s Hearing on the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The Trump administration will not be holding hearings in New York on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan—the first-ever nationwide limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants. The “People’s Hearing” will ensure New Yorkers’ voices are heard on this important measure. 

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, gave the following testimony: 

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Tax Bill Threatens America’s Environment

Today, the House of Representatives is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintain billions in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers.

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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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Draft House Tax Bill would Doom America to a Dirty Energy Future

Today the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee released a draft tax bill that slashes incentives for clean energy sources such as wind and solar and electric vehicles, while maintaining most of the permanent oil incentives and extending nuclear tax breaks.  Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response:

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As Americans Celebrate 5 Years of Cleaner Cars, Trump Administration and Congress Attacks Program 

Happy 5th birthday, Clean Car Standards! People across the United States are celebrating less air pollution and more oil staying in the ground as the Clean Car Standards turn 5 years old this week. These standards aren’t just good for the environment, they’re good for the economy as well: Americans have saved nearly $50 billion at the pump since automakers, federal and state governments and other stakeholders agreed upon the rules on October 15, 2012.

“It’s not every five-year-old who can cut pollution and save oil! These Clean Car Standards are working, across the country we have already seen consumer savings at the pump all while reducing dangerous emissions,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. 

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N.Y.’s Congressional Delegation Is a Mixed Bag When It Comes to Protecting Our Environment and Our Families’ Health

Today, Environment New York released its federal scorecard evaluating how the New York congressional delegation has voted when it comes to supporting clean air and clean water and other environmental protections.

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

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Our Health at Risk

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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