Thursday, June 1, 2017

NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Order Affirming Climate Goals

As President Trump announced in Washington that the United States will pull out of the Paris Accord, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will sign an Executive Order today: “The White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change. New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington’s irresponsible actions. We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change, which is why I am also signing an executive order confirming New York’s leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment and our planet.”

Cuomo and 11 other Governors previously penned a letter to Trump urging him not to pull out of the Paris Accord.

New York under Cuomo has committed to requiring that 50% of New York’s Electricity come from Renewable Sources by 2030. That follows an executive Ordered signed by Gov. David Paterson in 2009 committing the State to reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

In 2015, Cuomo, appearing alongside former Vice President Al Gore, signed the Under 2 MOU committing to help keep the Earth’s Average temperature from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, as compared to Pre-Industrial levels.

In January 2017, the Governor announced that the State is committing to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.

At the same time, the Cuomo Administration has caught considerable flak for Subsidies going toward keeping Open Upstate Nuclear Power Plants seen as a Key Bridge to reaching the State’s Renewable Energy Goals.

Just before 5 p.m., Cuomo’s office announced that Cuomo, along with Govs. Jerry Brown of California and Jay Inslee of Washington, are forming a United States Climate Alliance, which will convene States that want to uphold Provisions of the Paris Accord.

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