Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/03/2015 - 2:54pm.
You’ll recall that in June, the House of Representatives voted on H.R.2042 to stall the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which places a long overdue cap on carbon dioxide emissions from dirty power plants. New York already has these caps in place thanks to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), so the Clean Power Plan applies to all those states without standards that are fouling our air and making New Yorkers sick.
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.
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.
As the federal government looks for ideas to implement a national program that both decreases climate pollution and increases investments in clean energy solutions, it should look no further than the Northeast and our very own Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Superstorm Sandy exposed the vulnerabilities of the state’s power grid, knocking out electricity for weeks and damaging millions of dollars’ worth of utility infrastructure. The event exposed the fragility of our outdated transmission and distribution system and rallied calls for investments to modernize the grid in order to withstand future extreme weather events.