State, county, local legislation, proposals opportunities for action
NY State Climate Bill the 2022 legislative session closed with a very disappointing lack of legislation and funding to support this hallmark climate bill
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act was signed into law in NYS on July 18, 2019. New York State’s Climate Act is among the most ambitious climate laws in the world and requires New York to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and no less than 85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. The law created a Climate Action Council(CAC) charged with developing a scoping plan of recommendations to meet these targets and place New York on a path toward carbon neutrality. 2022 saw a spring early summer season of residential participation in reviewing and adding to the Scoping Plan and winter 2023 is targetted timeframe for release and implementation of this plan.
The 2021 Legislative session failed to pass the climate justice portion of this original proposal- the CCIA. Legislative session 2022 only passed 2 bills both of which are pending on Governor Hochuls desk for signing. Pressure on the governor and on legislators is necessary.
THE GOVERNORS OFFICE HAS A LARGE MAJORITY OF THE VOTES ON THE CAC Her office can vote on largely whatever they want. Call Hochul's office at 518 474 8390 or tweet at @KathyHochul or @GovKathyHochul
Or the Climate Action Council 518 402 8448 or Co Chair Basil Segos @BasiclSeggos
22 Million Tons of Carbon Reduction through Energy Efficiency and Electrification
The CAC The New York State Climate Action Council (Council) is a 22-member committee that will prepare a Scoping Plan to achieve the State’s bold clean energy and climate agenda. The Council will also oversee the establishment of sector-specific advisory panels and working groups and will work in consultation with the Climate Justice Working Group and the Environmental Justice Advisory Group.
Which NY State Representatives sponsored some of the new Federal climate bills in National Congress summer 2021: The American Renewable Energy Act of 2021 (newly added to the bill package)—recent co-sponsors include Meng - 06 - 7/26/21 Jones - 17 - 07/02/21 Velazquez - 07 - 6/28/21 Espaillat - 13 - 6/23/21
The Farm System Reform Act of 2021—recent co-sponsors include Gillibrand Jones 17 Maloney 12 Velazquez 7 Bowman 16 Meng 6