New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report Released

Last year New York governor Paterson announced an ambitious goal to reduce carbon emissions for the state to 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2050. Last week, the New York Climate Action Council, the committee formed to prepare a plan to achieve this goal, released their first interim report. There will be a 6 month public review process, from now until February 7, 2010.

The New York Times reports that Paterson administration officials said they “hoped that Andrew M. Cuomo, the governor-elect, would use it as a guide in promoting a shift to clean energy in New York State.” The NYTimes article also comments on Paterson administration actions that have cut funds to state environmental organizations tasked with accomplishing the very goals outlined in the Climate Action Council’s report.

Yes, New York State is in an unprecedented budget crisis, but the governor’s own report calls for turning “climate policy into an engine for economic growth.” The logic of this report, and of PlaNYC, and many other green house gas reduction plans is that it makes long-term economic sense to go green. Let’s hope governor-elect Cuomo has the foresight to restore environmental funding and invest even more into green initiatives that will reduce carbon emissions and strengthen the economy at the same time. Better yet, let’s make sure Cuomo moves forward with the goals of Climate Action Council report.

Submit your comments on the website: http://www.nyclimatecomments.us/ or send written comments to:

Climate Action Plan
NYSERDA
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399

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Contact governor-elect Cuomo via his campaign website: http://www.andrewcuomo.com/contact

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