Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a statement on Thursday, hailed the passage of a bill by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives meant to address climate change and reduce climate emissions.
Cuomo also pointed to his version of the Green New Deal. Cuomo wants to have the state reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.
“As the Trump Administration continues to abdicate its responsibility to combat climate change, New York’s commitment to the Paris Agreement is stronger than ever,” Cuomo said. “We have launched a Green New Deal for New York that has not only set the ambitious goal of putting our state on the path to economy-wide carbon neutrality, but we are also taking the actions necessary to make it a reality.”
Environmental organizations are also urging state lawmakers and the governor to approve bills meant to address climate change before the legislative session ends on June 19.
Cuomo in his statement noted New York is already in an emissions reduction pact with California and Washington state.
“Over the last two years, our bipartisan coalition has grown to 24 governors, representing 55 percent of the U.S. population and over 60 percent of the U.S. economy,” he said. “We are demonstrating that real progress on climate is possible. Alliance states are proving time and again that climate leadership and economic growth go hand-in-hand.”
“President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must stop ignoring the science and reality of climate change by making the Climate Action Now Act law. If we are to reach our national contribution to the global fight against climate change, we need them to join us in advancing aggressive steps in order to protect our citizens, our environment and our planet.”