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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Environment New York Kicks off public education effort for 100 percent clean, renewable energy

Environment New York Research & Policy Center will deploy over a thousand door-knockers this summer in a multi-million-dollar effort to educate New Yorkers about the possibility of 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

Part of a nationwide campaign to reach more than 1.3 million Americans, canvassers from offices in New York City will distribute literature to more than 86,000 New York households, showing that the country has both the tools and the imperative to transition entirely off dirty fuels to clean sources such as wind and solar. “To have healthier and more economically vibrant communities right now, and a livable future for our kids, we need to transform the way we produce and consume energy,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, “The good news we’re spreading is that 100 percent renewable is 100 percent possible.”

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News Release | Environment New York

Report: Transportation Without Carbon Pollution is Necessary and Achievable

From electric vehicles, to carsharing, to smartphone apps to plan travel, a variety of new tools can help make transportation systems in our cities carbon-free, a new reportsaid today. “Every day the news about global warming's impacts gets worse, but the news about technological advances in clean transportation gets better," said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “We can and we must chart a new way forward for a transportation future that will protect our kids’ health and the planet.”

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Report | Environment New York

A New Way Forward

World leaders made a bold commitment at the 2015 Paris climate talks to limit global warming to 2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with an aspiration to limit temperature rise to 1.5° Celsius. Fulfilling that promise will require the United States to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases starting now, with reductions exceeding 80 percent by mid-century. America’s transportation system produces more greenhouse gas pollution than any entire nation in the world other than China, India and Russia. Reducing pollution from transportation in the U.S.

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News Release | Environment New York

Bad Ozone Bill Passed

Despite the opposition of Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-New York), today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to adopt H.R. 4775, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas). Dubbed the “Smoggy Skies Act,” the measure would permanently weaken the Clean Air Act, block updated ozone pollution limits for years, and impose sweeping changes to future standards for smog-forming ozone and five other major air pollutants.

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News Release | Environment New York

Cuomo Administration Signals Strong Interest to Pursue Offshore Wind Power for New York

 Environmental groups are applauding the Cuomo Administration for announcing that New York State will participate in a federal auction to obtain a lease for offshore wind energy development in an area 11 miles off the Rockaways. By signaling their intent to pursue this lease and facilitate the development of an offshore wind project, the Cuomo Administration is showing much-needed innovative leadership to finally launch an offshore wind industry for New York. A large-scale commitment to offshore wind power will be needed to ensure New York becomes a global climate leader by meeting Governor Cuomo’s goal of producing 50% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This action offers a promising opportunity to begin building the large-scale, long-term offshore wind program necessary to unleash the many benefits responsibly developed offshore wind power will bring to New York.

Heather Leibowitz, Director for Environment New York said, "We commend Governor Cuomo and New York energy officials' decision to join in the auction of offshore wind leases off of Long Island.  It’s a critical step forward that makes it much more likely we can meet our environmental challenges and our clean energy goals. We look forward to working with state leaders and other stakeholders in the efforts to capture this immense pollution-free resource and move the Empire State to 100 percent renewable energy.”  

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