New York State Expected to Pass Strict Climate Plan

An ambitious climate plan is expected to be passed by New York State lawmakers.  The Senate Democratic majority on June 19 passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CCPA) to address and mitigate the effects of climate change by drastically cutting greenhouse gases, diverting the state’s energy reliance to renewable sources, and creating green jobs to promote environmental justice, according to a news release. “This bill is the most comprehensive and aggressive climate change legislation in the nation,” the Democrats said.  New York lawmakers have agreed to pass the legislation, reported The New York Times.

“Today marks a historic day for New York State in the fight against climate change,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “As our leaders in Washington fail to take action, New York needs to lead in this time of great crises for our planet. I commend Senator Todd Kaminsky for championing this bill and protecting New York’s future generations.”

Kaminsky, the bill’s sponsor and chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, said, “While Washington is asleep at the wheel, New York is leading the way. The CLPA will virtually eliminate New York’s greenhouse gasses, foster renewable energy production, create green jobs, invest in lower-income communities, and protect our planet. New Yorkers and the world cannot wait any longer. This is the moment for bold, global change—and I’m proud to say New York is leading the nation.”

The Senate Majority held a series of hearings on the CCPA in Albany, New Paltz, Syracuse, New York City, and Long Island. The hearings allowed citizens, stakeholders, and environmental experts to provide testimony on how climate change has impacted their communities and recommendations for moving forward.

According to the statement issued by Democrats the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, S.6599, will:

Minimize the adverse impacts of climate change by reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions.

Improve the state’s resiliency to the certain effects and risks of climate change.

Ensure that the ongoing transition of the state’s energy sector will create good jobs and protect workers and communities during the transition process. 

Prioritize the safety and health of disadvantaged communities, control the potential regressive impacts of future climate change mitigation, and adopt policies for these communities.

Review and prioritize the allocation of public investments.

Julie Tighe, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “New York’s climate bill is the strongest and most ambitious in the nation thanks to the bold leadership of Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Senator Kaminsky, and the entire State Senate. We are proud that after months of advocacy, the State Senate has passed a bill that will result in deep economy-wide emission reduction goals and requires 100% clean power by 2040 combined with investments in communities that have historically born a disproportionate burden of the effects of air pollution and climate change. As the White House continues to put fossil fuels first, this legislation is a model for other states to follow.”

Source: News release, June 19, 2019, issued by the Democratic majority of the New York State Senate.

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