Climate Change

Study: Pandemic Leads To 9.2% Drop in Greenhouse Gases by U.S. Economy

BY Ryan Chatelain Nationwide
UPDATED 11:23 AM ET Nov. 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has sent greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. businesses plummeting to their lowest level in nearly three decades, according to analysis from BloombergNEF, an energy research group.

Greenhouse gases generated by the economy are projected to drop to 5.9 billion metric tons in 2020, down 9.2% compared to last year, the study says. That is about the same level seen in 1983, when the U.S. economy was less than 40% its current size.

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Cuomo: $3 Billion New York Environmental Bond Act Postponed

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

The Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, which would have been the largest in state history, was supposed to reduce the risk of flooding for vulnerable communities, restore habitat, and prepare the state for climate change.

It’s become another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The DEC Denied Another Pipeline Permit. Is There More to it Than That?

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

The state’s environmental agency said “no” once again to a pipeline that would have carried natural gas into New York City – the second time in three months that energy giant Williams has been foiled in New York.

Back in February, after an eight-year regulatory battle with activists and the state of New York, and after what the company called a diminished anticipated return on its investment, Williams pulled the Constitution Pipeline project.

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Fahy Wants A Bigger Bond Act in New York

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy thinks New York is going to need a bigger bond act.

The Albany Democrat on Wednesday announced she is backing an even larger bond act to bolster the environment and combat climate change in New York than the original proposal of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Cuomo to Make Climate Action Council Appointments

BY Nick Reisman Albany/Capital Region

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday will announce the appointments of SUNY Empire President Jim Malatras and former Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey to a climate change council.

The appointments by Cuomo are key for the panel to begin its work of enacting a plan to reach targeted emissions reduction goals in the coming decades, and is being closely watched in environmental and climate policy circles.

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Cuomo Proposes $3B Environmental Bond Act

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed on Wednesday $3 billion in borrowing to help bolster the state's environment.

The proposal was the latest plan unveiled in his State of the State agenda, held in Albany and on the first day of the legislative session.

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ExxonMobil Scores Victory In Climate Change Suit

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of ExxonMobil in a wide-ranging case over whether the company misled shareholders on the effects of the business costs related to efforts to combat climate change.

The result is a victory for ExxonMobil in a case that dates back to Eric Schneiderman’s term in office.

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