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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

BOEM announcement big step forward for Offshore Wind in New York

Today, Department of Interior Secretary, Sally Jewel, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director, Abby Hopper, announced the lease sale notice for over 79,000 acres off of the coast of New York. Citing strong industry interest in the opportunity to develop off Long Island, advocates lauded the announcement as another important step toward realizing offshore wind. 

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News Release | Environment New York

Environment New York maps out 50 steps towards carbon-free transportation

Pollution from our nation’s cars, buses, trucks and trains are taking America dangerously off track to meeting climate goals, according to a new report written by Frontier Group and released by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. 50 STEPS TOWARD CARBON-FREE TRANSPORTATION: Rethinking U.S. Transportation Policy to Fight Global Warming concludes that 21st century transportation policy must quickly shift to new priorities, guided by a central goal of curbing climate-altering carbon pollution.

Just last week in New York, Governor Cuomo took a step in the right direction by announcing a contract for the installation of 300 electric vehicle charging stations at public locations across New York.

“Our daily commutes are cooking the planet, but they don't have to.  We have the technology and skilled workforce to build cleaner cars and the tools to give Americans cleaner choices for getting from point A to point B,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Governor Cuomo is making progress here, but he should keep supporting cleaner cars, invest in more public transit, and foster communities that enable people to walk and bike safely. We have solutions, now we just need the right policies to make it happen.”

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News Release | Environment New York

Speedy Paris Climate Agreement Ratification must lead to Strong Action

Thanks to leadership from President Obama, the Paris Climate Agreement entered into force today. 

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

“We’re thrilled that global leaders have moved quickly to ratify this important agreement to preserve our climate. It sends a strong signal that the world plans to do more, faster to protect our communities, our families and our future.

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News Release | Environment New York

SolarCity and Hunt Country Vineyards Show that Protecting the Climate has Big Benefits for New York

New York, NY — Curbing dangerous carbon pollution can reduce the risk of global warming and benefit local communities at the same time, according to a report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. The group notes that New York stands to benefit even more if a current pollution reduction program is strengthened.

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