Together, we’ve made hard-won progress in the race to protect our children from the worst consequences of global warming. This past June, after more than 3 million Americans, including many New Yorkers, urged President Obama to act on climate, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants — the single largest source of global warming pollution. We’ll keep tackling global warming with you at our side.
New York Bans Fracking
On December 17, Gov. Cuomo announced he would ban fracking in the state of New York, citing both public health and environmental risks.“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health. Environment New York worked alongside many groups in the environmental community to protect New Yorkers, our air and and our water from this dangerous drilling.
We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.
More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
We defended New York against drilling.
In response to fracking’s toxic threat to our health and environment, we mobilized thousands of concerned citizens to stand up to the drillers. The grassroots opposition we’ve built has helped convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo to delay plans for Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Your support helped win a temporary moratorium on drilling, and together, we also fended off an attempt to allow drilling near the Delaware.