State, county, local legislation, proposals opportunities for action
JANUARY 25 Albany A Day of Action Pressure lawmakers to Declare a Climate Emergency
North Country Earth Action is following Governor Hochul as to which policies and bills she supports. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a button that will take you to information about what she is signing into law or vetoing. Activists need to lobby to implement the strongest climate budget possible (demand $15B for climate initiatives); include revenues mandated from polluters, along with demanding a halt to any new Fossil Fuel infrastructure and use.
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act The Climate Leadership and Community Protection ActOn July 18, 2019, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) was signed into law. 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 creates a Climate Action Council charged with developing a scoping plan of recommendations to meet these targets and place New York on a path toward carbon neutrality.
The 2021 Legislative session failed to pass the climate justice portion of this original proposal the CCIA and the CCA ( planning team for the CLCPA is moving slowly). Pressure on the governor and on legislators is always 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.
The CCIA is the climate justice bill which various (youth) groups are pushing to be included in the NYS 2021 budget by releasing monies alloted elsewhere through progressive taxation and discontinuing incentives for Fossil Fuel industries.
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