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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. 

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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News Release | Environment New York

Governor Cuomo announces landmark Shared Renewables program

Today Governor Cuomo announced the landmark Shared Renewables program, also known as community net metering. The program will expand community access to renewable energy in New York State by allowing energy customers to subscribe to a local renewable energy project and receive a utility bill credit for their portion of the energy produced. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York released the following statement.

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Path to the Paris Climate Conference

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News Release | Environment New York

Gov. Cuomo Announces 300 Percent Solar Growth in New York State

Today, Governor Cuomo announced solar growth of more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2014 in New York State. Environment New York director Heather Leibowitz issued the following statement in response.

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