How badly led astray are New Yorkers?
Here is what New Yorkers were led to believe would happen with the passage of the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act, described by Heather McGhee and Robert Reich in The Nation as “the most progressive climate-equity policy we’ve seen.” New Yorkers and everyone else was led to believe that the legislation sets a path to the highest standard nationwide for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as much as 100% of human-caused climate pollution eliminated by 2050 from all sectors. Unfortunately, as of April 30th, Cuomo is back-tracking and reducing New York’s clean energy by an estimated 18 terrawatt/hrs of power, with the closure of Indian Point, which will be replaced by a comparable amount of dirty energy from three new fossil fuel gas plants. Quite the disparity between the reality and what New Yorkers were led to believe by this coalition of groups: 32BJ SEIU, ALIGN – Alliance for a Greater New York, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Center For Working Families, Citizen Action of New York, Communications Workers of America District 1, Demos, Environmental Advocates of NY, GreenFaith, Long Island Progressive Coalition, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, Our Climate, People’s Climate Movement NY, PUSH Buffalo, Sierra Club, Teamsters Joint Council 16, UPROSE, and more.
Here’s the proof from the NY Renews website: