Report | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

Moving America Forward

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. Without prompt action by the United States and others to reduce global warming pollution, catastrophic impacts – from coastal flooding to food system disruptions – could become unavoidable. 

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Wind Energy for a Cleaner America

Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity pollutes our air, contributes to global warming, and consumes vast amounts of water—harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. In contrast, wind energy produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.

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New Report: Wind Energy Yields Major Environmental Benefits for New York; Reducing Pollution and Saving Water

Wind energy is on the rise in New York and is providing huge environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released today by Environment New York. Wind energy is already allowing New York to avoid more than 1,834,576 metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution, which is the equivalent of taking 382,203 cars off the road. New York's wind is also saving the state 819,668,250 gallons of water per year.

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As New York pursues climate solutions, power plants are nation’s biggest polluters

As the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy nears, a new report from Environment New York Research & Policy Center sheds light on the largest contributors to global warming pollution – power plants.

Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

America's Dirtiest Power Plants

Global warming is one of the most profound threats of our time, and we’re already starting to feel the impacts – especially when it comes to extreme weather. From Hurricane Sandy to devastating droughts and deadly heat waves, extreme weather events threaten our safety, our health and our environment, and scientists predict things will only get worse for future generations unless we cut the dangerous global warming pollution that is fueling the problem. Power plants are the largest source of global warming pollution in the United States, responsible for 41 percent of the nation’s production of carbon dioxide pollution, the leading greenhouse gas driving global warming.

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New York Urged to Strengthen Cap on Climate Altering Carbon Emissions

Environment New York joined other environmental, public health and business organizations on July 29th at a public hearing on proposed improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional cap on climate-altering carbon emissions from power plants. Environment New York and environmental and public health organizations highlighted RGGI’s success to date and called for strengthening the cap to ensure that the program leads to emission reductions from power plants of 2.5 percent per year.

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Solar on the Rise in New York, But Failing to Keep Pace with Neighboring States

Environment New York Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report outlines the twelve states that have made a considerable contribution to the nation’s rise in solar power. New York however, missed the cut and ranks 17th in the nation for per capita solar installations. This report comes as the New York State Legislature failed to reach an agreement on Governor Cuomo's proposal to grow the New York Sun Initiative by $150 million annually for ten years, which would have paved the way for New York to become a leader in solar power.

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House Subcommittee Guts Parks, Clean Water, and Climate Protections

This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

News Release | Environment New York

Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New U.S. EPA Administrator

The U.S. Senate today confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand voted to confirm Ms. McCarthy. The confirmation came just weeks after President Obama instructed EPA to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of his plan to fight global warming.

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