New York will bolster its Environmental efforts in 2018, with a push to Expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday in an Unveiling of his State of the State Agenda.
The Proposal includes Regulatory Changes in the New Year that would implement a 30% Cap Reduction of Carbon Dioxide that would avoid nearly 133 Million Tons of Pollution in the Region.
The Changes would be made through the Department of Environmental Conservation.
At the same time, the Regulatory Proposals would seek to Reduce Emissions from Pollutants that lead to Smog from so-called Peaking units. Regulations would also be adopted at the end of 2020 that would End the Use of Coal in Power Plants by 2020, something first called for by Cuomo last year.
“New Yorkers know too well the devastation caused by climate change, and in order to slow the effects of extreme weather and build our communities to be stronger and more resilient, we must make significant investments in renewable energy,” Cuomo said. “With this proposal, New York is taking bold action to fight climate change and protect our environment, while supporting and growing 21st century jobs in these cutting-edge renewable industries.”
The Package of Environmental Proposals was backed by Green Groups like the Nature Conservancy.
“The Nature Conservancy in New York applauds Governor Cuomo for his continued leadership on combating climate change, the most pressing environmental challenge facing our world,” said Jessica Ottney Mahar, the Group’s Policy Director.
“The Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda released today will continue New York’s path towards a more sustainable future by reducing harmful carbon emissions, ending New York’s reliance on coal, and advancing offshore wind, energy efficiency, and energy storage. These critical initiatives will provide renewable power to New Yorkers while protecting our environment and improving public health. We look forward to working with the Governor, state agencies, and partners – both here in New York and across the nation – to help implement these programs, which will enable future generations to thrive.” She said.
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