With the costs of our dependence on oil higher than ever, companies like Tri-State Biodiesel and Edison ParkFast are leading the way to a cleaner future for New Yorkers, according to a new report released today by Environment New York.
With Halloween just around the corner, we here at Environment New York were wondering what Governor Cuomo is planning to wear this year. Will he go to Halloween parties dressed as 'Frackenstein' to get a treat from the gas companies? Or will he choose something more responsible, like dressing up as Captain Planet to defend our air and water?
Firing a new salvo in the ongoing debate over the gas drilling practice known as fracking, Environment New York Research & Policy Center today released a report documenting a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by dirty drilling. As documented in The Costs of Fracking, fracking creates millions of dollars of healthcare costs from air pollution, loss of property value near drilling sites, ruined roads and infrastructure, and contaminated property. These costs are foisted upon local tax payers, property owners and municipalities.
Today the Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in New York and nationwide. The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025. A recent joint analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Union of Concerned Scientists projects that by 2030 in New York alone, the standards will cut carbon pollution from vehicles by more than 12 million metric tons—the equivalent of the annual pollution of 1.8 million of today’s vehicles—and save more than one billion gallons of fuel annually.
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