Proposal from NY Renews: for CLCPA Implementation(non-legislative proposal) Implementing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) means a rapid transition to a 100% renewable economy. This requires us to eliminate fossil fuels in the power sector first and to achieve at least an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with the goal of zero emissions statewide by 2050. We need a timeline for regulations for the enforcement of GHG and co-pollutant reductions by industry sector (i.e. transportation, buildings) that is enforceable and that puts us on a path to achieve CLCPA GHG reduction statutory mandates. Doing this in line with the law also means ending fossil fuel subsidies and further investments in infrastructure, ensuring equitable allocation of resources so that at least 40% of investments go to disadvantaged communities, a significant investment in communities most impacted by the climate crisis, and a shift in all state operations to consider climate impacts and environmental equity. These goals have to be reached with clear guardrails around the alternative compliance mechanisms for the final 15% of GHG emissions in the CLCPA, without false solutions like waste-to-energy projects and biofuels used for energy or transportation purposes as well as strict limits on offsets and other energy technology reliant on combustion. It means not only effective enforcement of GHG emissions targets but also a co-pollutant reductions approach that necessitates implementation of fossil fuel bans. (Note: this is a non-legislative campaign that is focused on influencing the "scoping plan" that will be the basis for New York State binding climate regulations.).
For A Green New Deal for New York would tax the rich over $10 billion per year to fund everything from energy efficient social housing to mass transit and renewable energy to electric vehicles. These programs would maximize good, union jobs and investments into low income communities and communities of color. While legislation will be introduced in the next session, the political battle is primarily to win incorporation into state budgets.