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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 & Policy Center

Solar farm tour in capital region and new report shows benefits of reducing power plant pollution

Monolith Solar, Solarize Albany and Helderberg Community Energy joined climate protection advocates to tour the first solar farm built outside the capital region of Albany, NY. We gathered at the Johnsonville Community Solar Farm to celebrate its grand opening and learn about a new report released by Environment New York Research and Policy Center showcasing how we can double the benefits of reducing power plant pollution and see more projects like this one across New York and the Northeastern region.

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News Release | Environment New York

Anti-Climate Executive Order

Today, President Trump will sign an executive order rolling back climate progress. The executive order instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, the single largest step the U.S. has taken to limit climate change. The order also lifts the moratorium on federal coal leasing and limits on methane from fracking operations. The administration also initiated a process to reconsider the Social Cost of Carbon and the National Environmental Policy Act guidance on climate pollution. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement.

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Report | Environment New York

Doubling Down on Climate Progress

To tackle the climate crisis, we need to quickly shift away from dirty fossil fuels and towards 100 percent renewable energy. The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are leading the way with the best regional clean air and climate protection program in the country: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

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America’s clean air, water, health come in dead last in “America First” Budget

Today, President Trump released his first proposed budget to Congress. Below is a statement from Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, on the president’s budget proposal.

 

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