Climate Change

About Our Climate Change Work: New York is a leader in implementing policies to reduce global warming pollution. Environmental Advocates of New York has worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle to implement policies that reduce climate pollution and adapt to our already changing climate. Our work with former Governor Pataki lead to his proposal to other Northeastern states to undergo a regional effort to reduce climate pollution from power plants, which eventually became the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. In addition, thanks in parts to our efforts, former Governor Paterson implemented a state goal to reduce climate pollution by 80% by the year 2050 and develop a climate action plan.

But in order to avert the worst effects of climate change, the state must do more. Environmental Advocates promotes policies that reduce the state’s share of climate pollution to meet this goal.

If you’ve been to the gas station to fill up your tank recently, you may have noticed that the fuel you pump is E10 gasoline, a mix of gasoline and ten percent ethanol. Have you ever considered what having ethanol in our fuel might mean for the environment?

Donald Trump was sworn in as President on Friday. And, as of today, he’s taken or committed to the following actions against our environment:

The groundbreaking environmental, labor, religious, and community advocacy coalition we have helped to build, NYRenews, has been holding a series of events statewide urging Governor Cuomo to #TakeTrumpOn when it comes to climate change.

Diesel pollution belched out by old heavy-duty vehicles used by New York State’s own departments, authorities and agencies are making children sick.

We all contribute to climate change in direct and indirect ways. Directly, we purchase gasoline for our cars that is burned, which releases carbon into the atmosphere. Indirectly, we make incidental purchases each day that harm the environment without much thought.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, commonly referred to as RGGI, is at a crossroads. The multi-state collaborative in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, designed to cap the amount of climate pollution produced by power plants throughout the region, has big decisions to make, and policymakers across the country are paying close attention. Before we get into the details, let’s start with a brief overview of how RGGI works.

Alix Cotumaccio, a resident of The Bronx, has long been passionate about the environment and cycling. From August 4 to 9, she will participate in her fifth Climate Ride, a multi-day cycling fundraiser traveling 350+ miles through the Pacific Northwest. The ride is something of a ‘green conference on wheels’ designed to raise awareness of sustainable solutions to climate change issues.

A great way for the host state to take the next step in demonstrating the power of leadership is for Governor Cuomo and legislators to establish a forward-looking electric vehicle incentive program that will set New York on the path to becoming a true climate leader.

Climate change spares no one. While global climate change can seem remote or feel overwhelming for many, the truth is that it is already impacting New Yorkers, like those who participate in winter sports and those that make money in this industry.

You’ll recall that in June, the House of Representatives voted on H.R.2042 to stall the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which places a long overdue cap on carbon dioxide emissions from dirty power plants. New York already has these caps in place thanks to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), so the Clean Power Plan applies to all those states without standards that are fouling our air and making New Yorkers sick.


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