Sweeping Climate Change Bill to Make New York One of the Greenest States

“People that are on the front lines of fossil fuel impacts, on the frontlines of extreme storms, on the frontlines of air pollution — it will clean up their air, keep them safer and move this country into a better future for all of us,” said Wes Gillingham, the Associate Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CCPA, is set to make the state the sixth in the country with a 100 percent clean electricity target.

“New York is one of the largest states in the country, one of the largest economies, together with California and other large economies,” said Jeff Freedman, a renewable energy expert at the Atmospheric Science Research Center at UAlbany. “You’re talking about a large portion of the United States’ economy is now going to be moving aggressively towards what we call this ‘green economy.'”

The bill calls for zero emissions from statewide electric by 2040. Activists say this is what they’ve been working for, for years.

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