Jon Campbell Albany Bureau Published 2:43 PM EDT Jun 20, 2019 ALBANY – New York is poised to set some of the nation's most-aggressive benchmarks to cut down on climate change as part a wide-ranging bill lawmakers approved this week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to sign the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act into law, which would set a statewide goal to reach net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. On Thursday, Cuomo called climate change the "issue of our generation," praising the bill as a bona fide plan to go green. "It's not a goal," Cuomo said on WAMC-FM in Albany. "It's a goal plus an action plan based in reality that we are implementing today." Critics say the ambitious climate bill could lead to higher costs and negatively impact businesses who have to compete against those who don't face stringent climate mandates. "We need to get this right to avoid a potential shipwreck," said Darren Suarez, senior director of government affairs for the … [Read more...] about What New York’s new climate change law means for you
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Senator Todd Kaminsky, at podium, the Chair of Environmental Conservation Committee, along with fellow Senators, Assembly members and supporters of climate legislation hold a press conference to discuss their push for legislation on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Albany, N.Y. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union) less Senator Todd Kaminsky, at podium, the Chair of Environmental Conservation Committee, along with fellow Senators, Assembly members and supporters of climate legislation hold a press conference to discuss their ... more Photo: Paul Buckowski, Albany Times Union Buy photo Photo: Paul Buckowski, Albany Times Union Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Senator Todd Kaminsky, at podium, the Chair of Environmental Conservation Committee, along with fellow Senators, Assembly members and … [Read more...] about New York poised to codify ambitious environmental goals
Gary Hershorn/Getty This story was originally published by CityLab and is shared here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. New York City passed the most aggressive climate bill in the nation in April, and the city got it done in a truly New York way. The Climate Mobilization Act is the city’s effort to abide by the Paris climate-change agreement even after the Trump administration withdrew the US from the global accords. Before its abrupt about-face, America’s plan had been to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. New York is taking up that pledge by introducing new regulations to address the energy performance of buildings. Buildings contribute a huge share of New York’s carbon emissions—nearly 70 percent, thanks to normal everyday use, but exacerbated by inefficient heating and cooling systems—so they’re an obvious target for regulation. But it’s less obvious how the building … [Read more...] about Can New York Make Buildings Super-Efficient Really Quickly?
While New York City lobbyists spent the past year toiling away to influence legislation and policy on behalf of clients large and small, the City Clerk’s office has been busy tallying up the dollars flowing to New York’s top firms. Every March, the city releases a report of the top 10 lobbying firms by compensation, and while total lobbying spending hit a new high last year, the rankings for 2018 hold few surprises. Nine of the top 10 firms not only remained on the list but actually held their exact same rank from 2017. While Kasirer and Capalino+Company have spent the past few years battling for the No. 1 spot, Kasirer held on to the top rank. The only new firm featured in 2018’s top 10 ranking is The Wright Group NY, knocking off Kramer Levin for the No. 10 spot. City & State checked in with the top 10 firms to not only highlight their successes and challenges in 2018, but to take their temperature on the landscape for regulation of key New York industries, … [Read more...] about New York City’s Top 10 Lobbyists
The Colorado Energy Office is helping launch a “green bank” that will leverage private dollars to enhance and spur investment in clean-energy projects. The energy office has formed the nonprofit Colorado Clean Energy Fund, which will team up with the Coalition for Green Capital and other organizations. The coalition, whose partners include the U.S. Department of Energy, foundations, and environmental organizations, works nationally and internationally to increase investment in renewable-energy and energy-efficient projects. “This is really the culmination of a multi-year effort,” Jeff King, a program manager with the energy office, said Tuesday. “We’ve engaged with the coalition for several years, looking at the Colorado market and identifying possible financial gaps.” Once the Colorado Clean Energy Fund begins operation, expected in early 2019, other partners will be involved, King added. “Our goal in Colorado is to make sure we have … [Read more...] about Colorado Energy Office helps launch “green bank” to spur clean-energy investments