December 1st, marked the end of the public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan aimed at cutting carbon pollution from power plants.
Climate pollution is a having a major impact on our economy, public health and environment. Poor air quality is making our children sick. Rising temperatures, prolonged heat waves and severe storms are costing our economy billions in lost production and infrastructure and property damage. In directing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward with the Clean Power Plan, President Obama has demonstrated the leadership needed to finally address one of the root causes of our changing climate.
How did the issue of climate change become so polarizing? Documented scientific evidence of decades of rising temperatures – with 12 of the hottest years on record occurring in the last 15 years, stronger and more intense storms, severe flooding and prolonged drought seem to be having little to no impact on American public opinion.
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).
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 11:02am.
It never crossed my mind that New York’s elected officials would let the 2013 legislative session end without taking some kind of meaningful action to fight climate change. I mean, the devastation felt by recent storms, floods, and extreme weather patterns is too much to ignore, right?
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 The event exposed the fragility of our outdated transmission and distribution system and rallied calls for investments to modernize the grid in order to withstand future extreme weather events.
Recently, the Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN) – a labor backed think-tank – released a report analyzing the approximately $7 billion in economic development incentives distributed in New York State in 2011.