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.

Once at the cutting edge of climate policy, Europe is at a crossroads. The European Union’s Emissions Trading System, established in 2005 as groundbreaking market driven approach aimed at reducing carbon pollution by requiring utilities, power plants and industrial facilities to pay for their emissions, is now teetering on the edge of irrelevance.

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