News Release | Environment New York

Representatives honor Earth Day with bill to protect public lands from fracking

Today in honor of Earth Day, Representatives Pocan (WI) and Schakowsky (IL) introduced the Protect Our Public Lands Act (POPLA), the first ever Congressional effort to ban fracking on public lands, which would protect precious areas from Florida’s Everglades to New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon. 
 

The Introduction of POPLA comes just one month after the administration released rules regulating fracking on public lands.
 

“We’ve seen fracking contaminate our drinking water, put our families’ health at risk and turn treasured open spaces into industrial zones,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Some places are just too precious to drill and frack, and that includes our parks, canyons and forests.”
 

 

News Release | Environment New York

President's Earth Day announcement builds on climate legacy

“The new efforts announced today to help protect some of our nation’s most treasured waterways build upon the president's impressive and growing record of action on climate.” 

-- Heather Leibowitz, Environment New York

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Environment New York Report Examines Climate Change Through a Generational Perspective

Young adults in New York are experiencing hotter temperatures and more intense storms than their predecessors did in the 1970’s, according to a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center.

The analysis, Dangerous Inheritance: The Hotter, More Extreme Climate that We’re Passing Down to America’s Young, examines changes in temperature, storm intensity and sea level rise through the eyes of five different generations. New Yorkers of today are experiencing 19 percent more precipitation than Baby Boomers experienced in the 1970s. And the Millennial Generation entered adulthood during the hottest ten-year period in the last 100 years.

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

New York City Among Regions Solar Leaders

New York City ranks 9th for total solar panels in the nation, and 1st in the Mid-Atlantic and New England Regions according to Environment New York Research and Policy Center’s new analysis, Shining Cities: Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America. The solar stature of the city is owed largely to the clear commitment of the city’s leaders, as well as Governor-Cuomo’s successful NY-SUN Initiative, advocates said today. 

“New York City is a star when it comes to solar power,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “We hope state leaders and other New York cities will follow this shining example.”

News Release | Environment New York

New fracking rule fails to protect forests and parks

Today the Obama administration released its long-awaited rule governing fracking on federal public lands. While somewhat less damaging than as originally proposed, the plan fundamentally fails to protect America’s most prized forests and other natural areas from pollution, Environment New York said.

The administration will not keep sensitive areas off limits to fracking, despite the Department of Energy’s own advisory panel advice to the contrary. The oil and gas industry has expressed interest in fracking 12 million more acres of parks, forests, and other public lands. “Some places are just too precious to drill and frack, and that includes our parks, canyons, and forests,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.

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