Climate Change

About Our Climate Change Work: New York is a leader in implementing policies to reduce global warming pollution. Environmental Advocates of New York has worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle to implement policies that reduce climate pollution and adapt to our already changing climate. Our work with former Governor Pataki lead to his proposal to other Northeastern states to undergo a regional effort to reduce climate pollution from power plants, which eventually became the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. In addition, thanks in parts to our efforts, former Governor Paterson implemented a state goal to reduce climate pollution by 80% by the year 2050 and develop a climate action plan.

But in order to avert the worst effects of climate change, the state must do more. Environmental Advocates promotes policies that reduce the state’s share of climate pollution to meet this goal.

A majority of the American public—69 percent—wants the United States to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Let’s face it: it’s expensive to heat our homes and businesses, and I know I won’t run into much opposition when I say that we all hate throwing our money away (it’s also terrible for the environment).

I grew up listening to trains roll through my hometown of Voorheesville, New York, but I never knew how dangerous some of those trains really were.

The issue of decision-making on climate policy extends well beyond Albany. When Congress makes bad decisions on our climate, it’s our public health and economy that suffer. Dirty air means sick kids.

Nations across the globe, including the U.S., are putting together bold new plans for climate action. The push is on for agreements later this year in Paris. The Pope will be in New York this September delivering a major speech and policy document for Catholics about the importance of action on climate change.
 
It is sad with all the momentum that New York State's efforts are lagging.

Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, and his allies are at it again, working to pass anti-climate legislation aimed at gutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s

In the absence of a statewide climate action plan, New York does not have much to hang its hat on. Which is what makes proposals to raid the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in this year’s budget so disappointing.

Environmental Advocates is proud to join a phenomenal coalition of community, social justice and labor organizations taking sides to force polluters to build the path to a clean energy future, to publicly disclose how their practices impact our environment, and to ensure decision-makers act.

Well, that certainly did not take long. In the first week of the 114th Congress the public is getting to see what the $720 million polluters pumped into this past election cycle is getting them. Big Oil’s wish list is the first to get attended to.

Cuomo’s Climate Controversy

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