Environment New York marked the first day of summer by urging leaders at all levels of government to tackle climate change. According to scientists at Climate Central, global warming pollution will fuel even hotter summers in the future. Summer temperatures in New York are already 1.6 degrees hotter now, on average, than in the 1970s. Without action to eliminate global warming pollution, summer temperatures here in New York could rise by more than 9 degrees by the end of the century. That would make summer days in New York feel more like they do now in South Carolina.
Today EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 EPA budget, which slashes funding for the agency by 31%. Environment New York urges Administrator Pruitt and the Appropriations Subcommittee to consider the devastating effects these cuts would have on our health and environment and calls on the subcommittee to reject this devastating budget and instead to fully fund EPA.
Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:
Today, Environment New York and Environment America announced a $7.5 million public education campaign to convince a majority of U.S. senators to stand up for a cleaner, healthier future, and oppose a return to a dirtier, more dangerous past.
A new analysis released today by SEIA/GTM Research shows New York ranks 7th for solar installations in the first quarter of 2017. Nationally, solar accounted for 30 percent of new energy capacity in that time. The report comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $1.65 billion investment in renewable energy, following the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord.
“President Trump has got it exactly backwards: there’s no sound economy in our future without a healthy planet. If national leadership chooses to ignore that reality, then governors and mayors must step in to fill the leadership void to show the world that Americans will do our part to address the climate crisis.”