As President Joe Biden's administration moves to cut fossil fuel emissions in half within eight years, environmental advocates in New York are praising the move.
The effort dovetails with a push in New York under a law that is meant to transition New York to clean energy by the middle part of the century.
At the same time, New York lawmakers are also pushing a bill that would institute a carbon tax on companies and direct the revenue to communities affected by pollution.
“President Biden’s announcement today that the United States will cut fossil fuel emissions in half by 2030 shows the world that we are back in the climate game and is a vote of confidence in New York and our climate law," said Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of Environmental Advocates NY. "In order for the U.S. to meet President Biden’s new emissions commitment, New York must not fail to achieve its own 2030 target. It’s clear there is no time left for incrementalism or false solutions. This Earth Day, New Yorkers must heed the President’s call and rededicate ourselves to transitioning our economy off fossil fuels and doing so with equity and justice.”
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, meanwhile, announced he had introduced the carbon tax measure in his chamber. The bill is backed by Sen. Kevin Parker in the state Senate.
“I strongly believe that this bill will solidify New York as an environmental justice leader and serve as a model for other states to follow,” said Cahill, a Democrat from the Hudson Valley. “Through this act, we will fulfill our promise to future generations, our children and grandchildren, and leave for them an economy that is responsible and stable, an earth less burdened by pollution and a public health unthreatened by dangerous air contaminants.”