News Release | Environment New York

Organizations Urge NY to Lead Charge on RGGI Reforms to Advance Cuomo Climate & Clean Energy Goals

As nine states, including New York, evaluate major changes to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation’s first cap on carbon pollution from power plants – 58 environmental, public health and clean energy organizations and businesses are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to push for RGGI reforms that will put Northeastern states on a trajectory to cut power plant pollution by more than half through 2030. The organizations delivered a letter to the Governor this week, praising his clean energy and climate leadership, and urging him to take the next step forward by advocating for an extension of RGGI cap reductions through 2030 that will require an annual five percent reduction in carbon pollution from power plants.

 

News Release | Environment New York

Gov. Cuomo Rejects the Constitution Pipeline

On Friday, there was a huge victory for our environment and health when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied a key permit to companies seeking to build a 124-mile fracked gas pipeline. The Constitutional Pipeline Project was proposed to transport fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania into New York’s Southern Tier and on to the Capitol Region. The pipeline would have crossed four counties in New York, putting at risk hundred of streams and wetlands. 

News Release | Environment New York

Bid to block clean water protections fails in U.S. Senate

Today the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 56-42, rejected a move by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to block the Obama administration's landmark Clean Water Rule. Meanwhile yesterday, more than two dozen senators led by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced a comprehensive package to protect our drinking water from lead and other health threats. 

News Release | Environment New York

NYC to Launch New Solar Program

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office announced Solarize NYC, a new solar incentive program. The new Solarize NYC program will allow communities — including neighborhoods, business districts and houses of worship among other affiliations— to join together to form single purchasing groups. This benefits communities by giving them greater buying power than individual entities, while encouraging solar developers to build out capacity and sell power to community groups. Groups can apply through a new website, nycsolarize.com

News Release | Environment New York

Report quantifies harm to water, land and climate from decade of dirty drilling

In a single year, fracking wells across the country released at least 5.3 billion pounds of the potent greenhouse gas methane, as much global warming pollution as 22 coal-fired power plants. The statistic is one of many in a new study by Environment New York & Policy Center that quantifies the environmental harm caused by more 137,000 fracking wells permitted since 2005.

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