A coalition of 67 organizations composed of environmental groups, energy firms and car manufacturers on Tuesday is set to release a letter calling for the adoption of a clean fuel standard for New York.
The standard would be set as a means of reducing the effects of climate change in New York as the state moves toward reducing carbon usage over the coming decades.
And the adoption of the clean fuel standard would be cost-neutral for New York as well, the groups argue. At issue is the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which is meant to reduce New York's emissions by 2040.
Setting a clean fuel standard would help transportation agencies reduce their emissions and develop fleets for the future, the groups wrote in the letter.
"A Clean Fuel Standard would reduce transportation emissions by at least 20% over the next decade at no cost to the State of New York," the letter states. "This would mean significant progress toward meeting our obligations under the CLCPA, helping mass transit agencies across the state switch 100% of their bus fleets to zero-emission by 2040, and reducing air pollution. This is an ambitious but achievable program that will reduce emissions, improve air quality, and create new jobs at no cost to the State."
California and Oregon have already adopted similar clean fuel standards that have not had a cost for the state, and a "negligible cost" for consumers in those states. California's standard in 2019 led to a drop of 2.5 billion gallons of fossil fuels.
A coalition of dozens of entities is backing the clean fuel standard, ranging from environmental organizations to the business world.