Today, the final New York State Climate Action Plan was made public. On Monday, the Climate Action Council is expected to vote and approve this plan that will implement the state’s climate law. The following statement can be attributed to Conor Bambrick, Director of Climate Policy for Environmental Advocates NY.
“The state’s climate plan is a triumph that will provide a brighter future for all New Yorkers. Behind strong leadership by Governor Hochul and the Legislature, its successful implementation will lead to a stronger economy with good paying jobs; investment in disadvantaged communities; better air quality; healthier people and ecosystems; and is ultimately a response to the climate crisis worthy of the Empire State.
We thank the members of the Climate Action Council for their hard work in developing the plan and look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature to provide the resources and tools necessary for its swift implementation.”
Three years ago, New York enacted a law that will transition our entire economy—the 11th largest in the world—off fossil fuels in a manner that begins to bring justice to those who have been harmed along the way. The law aims to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 (40% cut by 2030) and requires we achieve 70% electricity generation from renewable sources and have an emissions free electricity sector by 2040.