Policy Proposals for a Sustainable Future
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), passed in 2019, mandates an 85% economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, and contains important provisions to help low-income communities and communities of color transition to a renewable energy economy on just terms.
Our 2023 policy agenda is made up of the bills and policy proposals are priorities of at least three of our member organizations.
All-Electric New Building Act
Climate and Community Protection Fund
Build Public Renewables Act
Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plant Discharges
Victory! These bills passed and were signed into law in 2023
2023 priority bills:
Defend NY's Climate Law
S6030 Parker / A6039 Barrett was introduced back in April. The bill, if passed will gut the Climate Act by weakening methane accounting and defining polluting biofuels as "renewable energy." Activists were able to kick this bill out of the budget negotiations last April, but we are concerned that fossil fuel industry lobbyists will try to move the bill (or parts of it) at the end of session! Below are links to some key documents to counter industry attempts to weaken our climate law.
As leaders of over 75 New York organizations we urge the Governor and Legislature to include provisions establishing strong penalties for excessive greenhouse gas emissions and annual targets for emission reductions in the New York State budget.
Organizations representing thousands of New Yorkers are appalled at the last minute changes to New York's climate plan. These changes will undermine the ability of New York to meet our climate goals. Groups call on the council to reject industry delay tactics and false solutions.