London (The Guardian) — New York to pass most progressive climate crisis plan in US.
Program projects state would produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources
The program projects that the state would produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050.
The proposed legislation, agreed by the state’s Democrat-run senate, faces a vote by the other house of the state legislature, the assembly, in New York’s capital, Albany, on Wednesday.
New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo who negotiated the proposal with top lawmakers and would have final word over any approved legislation, said it would give New York the nation’s best plan to address the causes of the climate crisis.
“Climate change is the issue of our lifetime, frankly,” Cuomo said on public radio on Tuesday morning.
The bill’s adoption comes amid the Trump administration’s ongoing dismantling of environmental protections. Trump has especially hampered efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as announcing that the US will be leaving the Paris climate agreement. — Victoria Bekiempis/@guardian