The impacts of climate change are affecting New York’s economic security, safety, and public health. Poor air quality, which is worsened by climate change, is making our children sick and shortening the lives of seniors. Extreme weather events place people in danger, cost billions in lost production and revenue, and damage or destroy communities.
The call for climate action transcends regional boundaries, political affiliations, age, race and ethnicity, religion, and socio-economic status. The New York State Climate and Community Protection Act establishes aggressive mandates for ramping up the use of clean, renewable energy, and reducing climate pollution that harms our public health, environment, and economy. The bill not only codifies New York’s strong climate and clean energy goals – it also sets clear and accountable mandates for doing so equitably across all sectors of the economy, prioritizing climate and environmental justice and the creation of good, sustainable jobs across the state.
The New York State Climate and Community Protection Act ensures that all sectors of New York’s economy will be powered by 100% clean, renewable energy in less than 32 years, establishing New York as a true global leader on climate action and demonstrating how embracing challenges and opportunities with aggressive action can deliver a more just and equitable economy.
This bill adds a new article 75, Climate Change, to the environmental conservation law, which requires the Department of Environmental Conservation, in consultation with other governmental agencies, with the climate justice working group, and communities, to develop a climate action plan and promulgate regulations to achieve statewide greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The bill also amends section 54-1523 of the environmental conservation law to make particular technologies eligible in the environmental protection fund. It also amends the public service law and public authorities law to mandate that half of the electricity consumed in New York State come from renewable sources by 2030. The bill also amends the labor law to require certain job standards for projects undertaken pursuant to this act. It also requires the Department of Environmental Conservation to publish a study about barriers to access various services and resources. Finally, the bill requires all of state government to consider climate and clean energy goals in their permitting and funding decisions.