Sunday, August 9, 2009

New York Climate Council

Governor Patterson signed an Executive Order (No. 24) that sets a goal to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas pollution from all sources 80 percent by the year 2050. The Governor also established a Climate Action Council that will bring together state agencies to develop an action plan to reduce New York's emissions.

For many years, Environmental Advocates of New York has pushed the Governor’s Office and the State Legislature to set pollution-reduction targets in law, require emissions reporting, and turn state agencies loose on developing regulations to make the big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to avert the worst effects of global warming.

Similar legislation to cut climate pollution has passed the Assembly two years in a row and made headway in the State Senate, too. The Senate coup derailed all legislative action this spring; but now that leadership issues are resolved, the bill could be taken up in the fall.

The final Climate Action Plan is due in September 2010.

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