Environmental Group Asks New Yorkers to Press for Climate Bill
“To save our future, we’re asking people to urge their state assembly member, state senator and Governor Cuomo to remove the loopholes and set stronger objectives in the CCPA and remove nuclear energy from New York’s future energy portfolio.”
The environmental advocacy group Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) is asking New Yorkers to press state political leaders to ensure that New York’s climate bill can achieve strong goals.
“As the federal government still has no climate bill to tackle our worsening climate crisis intensified by the continued business-as-usual use of fossil fuels, individual states can and must pass legislation to address our frightening state of climate affairs,” says SAPE co-founder Suzannah Glidden.
She says the Climate Leadership Act in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget sets strong goals to transition the state from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but it also includes the continued use of nuclear energy, which many environmental groups consider dangerous. A second climate bill, New York Off Fossil Fuels Act (A3565), has strong environmental goals and rejects the use of nuclear energy after 2030, she says, while a less ambitious third bill, the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA – A3876/S2992) has significant loopholes that could impede its ability to reach its emissions reduction goals and does not preclude the use of nuclear energy.
“We’re running out of time for a massive shift to renewables,” Glidden says. “To save our future, we’re asking people to urge their state assembly member, state senator and Governor Cuomo to remove the loopholes and set stronger objectives in the CCPA and remove nuclear energy from New York’s future energy portfolio.”
For information about the three bills, including “CCPA Loopholes That Need to Be Removed” and contact info for elected officials, visit sape2016.org and click on Resources / NY Climate Bills.