Today marks the end of six months of public comment on New York State’s Draft Climate Action Plan. The comments will now be reviewed with a final Climate Action Plan released by January 1, 2023.
Conor Bambrick, Director of Climate Policy for Environmental Advocates NY said, “New York is on a path toward cleaner air and climate justice. How fast we travel this path and how faithfully we adhere to an all-electric future will determine the health and economic benefits the state will secure. The overwhelming support this plan has received throughout the public comment period has been very encouraging and we look forward to the final plan incorporating many of the ideas that will get us to our destination faster. In light of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, it is now more imperative than ever that New York moves swiftly and boldly.”
In 2019, New York State adopted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), a law regarded as one of the world’s most ambitious approaches for tackling climate change. The Climate Law mandates aggressive pollution cuts and commits New York to a transition to a 100% renewable energy economy while ensuring justice and equity for frontline communities and workers. The CLCPA created the state Climate Action Council, a 22-member organization that was tasked with creating a Climate Action Plan. The draft plan was circulated for public comment on January 1st and 11 public hearings took place across the state. More information can be found at eany.org/climate.