Climate Update June 03 2019, 0 Comments

The Politico New York Energy newsletter of May 30, 2019 reports Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said climate legislation is one of his top priorities for the remainder of session—a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo omitted the issue from his wish list.

"Climate is very important to us, " Heastie told reporters. Advocates and Democratic lawmakers are pushing the Climate and Community Protection Act, which targets the elimination of nearly all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and would allocate 40 percent of all clean energy money to disadvantaged communities.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also included climate legislation in her list of action items in the last four weeks of the session.

Cuomo has backed a proposal that would set a target to make electricity generation "carbon free" by 2040 but did not incorporate a specific economy-wide deadline for zero emissions. Disagreements remain to be worked out on carbon offsets and the 40 percent funding principle, among other details.

(Politico New York Energy — Marie French 2019 05 30)