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New York’s Leading Environmental & Clean Energy Advocacy Organizations Urge State Leaders to “Act Now” on Climate Legislation

In Letter to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins & Speaker Heastie, 23 Organizations Call on Leaders to “Enact Climate Legislation"

Albany, NY

New York’s leading environmental and clean energy advocacy organizations and leaders are calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to “Act Now” and reach a three-way agreement on climate legislation. In a letter sent last night to the leaders, 23 organizations and individuals signed a letter calling for “a three-way agreement on a responsible, economy-wide climate bill [that] will demonstrate to the nation how it is possible to address climate change and create thousands of new green jobs in a way that is just, equitable and provides opportunity for all.”

The full text of the letter is below:

June 13, 2019

Re: Pass the Strongest Possible Climate and Community Protection Act Now

Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Heastie:

With five scheduled session days left in this year’s legislative session, the undersigned organizations urge you to update, strengthen, and pass the Climate and Community Protection Act sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblymember Steve Englebright. Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time – threatening our entire economy and way of life. Right now, you have an opportunity to enact climate legislation that will lead the nation and serve as a model for the rest of the country.

We must decarbonize the economy and drastically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels as soon as possible. This is the only way that we can forestall the catastrophic effects of climate change and protect New York State’s most vulnerable communities. We are already seeing the effects of a changing climate across the state, with more frequent floods and droughts, rising seas, and sweltering summer heat. We must act before these consequences surpass our ability to respond and rebuild.

A three-way agreement on a responsible, economy-wide climate bill will demonstrate to the nation how it is possible to address climate change and create thousands of new green jobs in a way that is just, equitable and provides opportunity for all.

This is achievable. But time is running out. And the time to act is now.

We can create durable and lasting change with the support of strong policy, and we need you as our State’s leaders to address this growing crisis. We know that the Administration, Senate, and Assembly have been working to craft the strongest legislation possible, and if you work together, as you have done on so many environmental policies this year, we are confident that New York State can pass the most progressive climate bill in the nation this year. 

Thank you for your support and for your continuing attention to this urgent issue.

Sincerely,

  • William C. Janeway, Executive Director Adirondack Council
  • Anne Reynolds, Executive Director Alliance for Clean Energy NY
  • Samantha Levy, New York Policy Manager American Farmland Trust
  • Valerie Strauss, Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.
  • Erin McGrath, Policy Manager Audubon New York
  • Wes Gillingham, Associate Director Catskill Mountainkeeper
  • Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director Citizens Campaign for the Environment
  • Peter Savio, Policy Advisor Citizens Climate Lobby New York
  • Amanda Vanega, NY Policy Coordinator Coalition for Community Solar Access
  • Noah Dubin, Eastern States Advocate E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)
  • Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director Environmental Advocates of New York
  • Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Region, Climate & Clean Energy Program Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Julie Tighe, President, New York League of Conservation Voters
  • Shyam Mehta, Executive Director, New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA)
  • Jennifer Pautz, Senior Director, Government Affairs New York University
  • Elizabeth Broad, Director New Yorkers for Clean Power
  • Jeremy Cherson, Legislative Advocacy Manager Riverkeeper
  • Tracy Brown, Director Save the Sound
  • Andy Bicking, Director of Public Policy and Special Projects Scenic Hudson, Inc.
  • Roger Downs, Conservation Director Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
  • David Gahl, Senior Director of State Affairs, Northeast Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
  • Jessica Ottney Mahar, New York Policy Director The Nature Conservancy
  • Sean Garren, Senior Director - Northeast Vote Solar

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