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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. 

Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many New Yorkers. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment New York Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

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Clean water not green water | Russell Bassett

Last year at this time, the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo, Ohio, to be without safe drinking water. Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted, but if we don’t protect our water sources — like the residents of Toledo discovered — we won’t be able to take it for granted anymore.

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News Release | Environment New York

New York Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power

As the Obama administration readies its final Clean Power Plan to limit carbon from power plants, 42 New York solar businesses issued a letter to the White House today, pledging their support to help meet reduce carbon pollution and speed the transition to clean energy in New York.

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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Report: New York leadership critical foundation for an international agreement on climate

New York is poised to play a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, the state will cut more global warming pollution than all but California and Texas. The Environment New York Research & Policy Center report comes as pressure mounts on the U.S. to play a leading role in negotiations for an international climate agreement in Paris.

“The best way to lead is by example,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “With New York’s help, that’s just what we are doing. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced an ambitious plan to curb New York State’s carbon emissions by 40 percent by doubling the amount of power it gets from renewable energy to 50 percent, by 2030.”

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News Release | Environment New York

Northeastern states show fighting global warming helps the economy

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is the nation’s first multi-state program to limit global warming pollution from power plants. Through the program, states cap allowable pollution, sell pollution permits and then invest the revenues in energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives. Developed by a bi-partisan group of governors in the 2000s, the program has been operating since 2009. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement applauding the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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