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News Release | Environment New York

Governor Cuomo, Joined By Vice Pres. Gore, Announces New Actions to Fight Climate Change

Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new commitment to lead the fight against global warming. Joined by former Vice President Gore at Columbia University, Governor Cuomo signed the “Under 2 MOU,” an agreement between states, provinces and cities across the world to take action to prevent the worst impacts of global warming.

By signing the agreement, Governor Cuomo reaffirmed his intention to slash New York’s emissions of the pollution that drives global warming. The announcement also builds momentum toward coordinated world action at the international climate talks happening this December in Paris 

To deliver on the “Under 2 MOU” pledge, New York will have to reduce its pollution by more than 80 percent below 1990 levels by mid-century.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York issued the following statement:

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Clean water not green water | Russell Bassett

Last year at this time, the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo, Ohio, to be without safe drinking water. Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted, but if we don’t protect our water sources — like the residents of Toledo discovered — we won’t be able to take it for granted anymore.

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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Report: New York leadership critical foundation for an international agreement on climate

New York is poised to play a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, the state will cut more global warming pollution than all but California and Texas. The Environment New York Research & Policy Center report comes as pressure mounts on the U.S. to play a leading role in negotiations for an international climate agreement in Paris.

“The best way to lead is by example,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “With New York’s help, that’s just what we are doing. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced an ambitious plan to curb New York State’s carbon emissions by 40 percent by doubling the amount of power it gets from renewable energy to 50 percent, by 2030.”

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News Release | Environment New York

Northeastern states show fighting global warming helps the economy

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is the nation’s first multi-state program to limit global warming pollution from power plants. Through the program, states cap allowable pollution, sell pollution permits and then invest the revenues in energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives. Developed by a bi-partisan group of governors in the 2000s, the program has been operating since 2009. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement applauding the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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News Release | Environment New York

Governor Cuomo announces landmark Shared Renewables program

Today Governor Cuomo announced the landmark Shared Renewables program, also known as community net metering. The program will expand community access to renewable energy in New York State by allowing energy customers to subscribe to a local renewable energy project and receive a utility bill credit for their portion of the energy produced. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York released the following statement.

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