ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced plans to tackle a host of key climate and environmental priorities in his 2020 State of the State address. These include an environmental bond act to reduce the threat of floods and help restore natural habitats, measures to bolster electric vehicle infrastructure and clean energy jobs, and a ban on single-use polystyrene foam food containers.
A statement follows from Rich Schrader, New York Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
“The Governor has made clear that New York will continue to uphold its vital leadership role in the fight against the climate crisis. His plans hold a great deal of promise and indicate a willingness to tackle some of our toughest challenges – from making New York more resilient to powerful storms, to growing clean energy jobs, to strengthening the health of our wildlife habitats. We achieved enormous progress last year, proving that bold climate action is indeed possible. But as our children around the world have demonstrated, now is no time to rest on our laurels – we can’t have any regrets. In the days ahead, we’ll be working with the Governor and lawmakers to turn these crucial commitments into firm policy victories.”
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