- Cuomo Introduces RGGI Climate Pollution Cap

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2013
Travis Proulx: tproulx@eany.org or 518-462-5526 x238

Cuomo Introduces RGGI Climate Pollution Cap

Albany—Earlier this year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced plans to lower the CO2 emissions cap on energy plants as part of his agenda to fight climate change. The cap, part of the nine-state Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) coalition, has been a critical tool in lessening climate-altering pollutants which contribute to increasingly frequent and unpredictable storms, floods, and weather patterns.

The following joint statement was released by Environmental Advocates of New York, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Empire State Future, and Citizens Campaign for the Environment:

“New York has long been a leader on environmental issues like climate change, which is why President Obama recently modeled his own pollution-cutting plan after RGGI’s success.

Natural disasters have pummeled our state in recent years, often with new storms hitting before communities have had the chance to recover from the devastation of the last one. The costs of these storms – whether in economic terms or in impacts on people’s lives – demonstrate that we cannot rest and must continue to set and pursue aggressive goals for fighting climate change.

We applaud Governor Cuomo for keeping his word and leading the rest of the country by example. His introduction of rules to reduce power plant emissions and to invest in clean, renewable energy is important as we work to ensure New York remains a responsible leader for our environment and economy in the years ahead.”