The impacts of climate change can no longer be ignored. Climate change is affecting New York’s economic security, safety, and public health. Increasing extreme weather events place people in danger, cost billions in lost production and revenue, and damage or destroy property and communities. In addition, greenhouse gas emissions continue to contribute to our State’s poor air quality, which makes our children sick and shortens the lives of seniors. The call for climate action is now and knows no 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 to ensure New York’s economy is powered by 100% clean, renewable energy in the next 30 years; thereby significantly 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.
Enacting the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act would propel New York as a true global leader on climate action, while demonstrating how addressing the challenges of climate change can deliver more just and equitable social and economic outcomes.
This bill adds a new Article 75, Climate Change, to the Environmental Conservation Law, requiring the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in consultation with other governmental agencies, 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 amends Section 54-1523 of the Environmental Conservation Law to make particular technologies eligible in the Environmental Protection Fund; 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; and amends the labor law to require certain job standards for projects undertaken pursuant to this act. Further, it requires the DEC to publish a study about barriers to access various services and resources. Finally, the bill requires the consideration of climate and energy goals in all state government permitting and funding decisions.