To the editor:

In 2019 New York State became a leader in responding to climate disruption when it passed the nation’s most progressive climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

Nevertheless, in the State of the State message, Governor Hochul missed an opportunity to lay out a broad vision to address the climate crisis at a necessary scale, or how her administration intends to fully fund the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which is necessary for New York’s just transition away from a fossil-fuel-based economy.

NY Renews is calling for $15 billion this year for “climate, jobs, and justice”. We cannot respond to the climate crisis with proclamations, platitudes, or pennies on the dollar. New York requires billions of dollars to best protect and invest in our communities and address the reality of climate disruption.

Although the State of the State includes many environmental achievements, the landmark CLCPA that made them possible must be funded and implemented now - not years from now.

Without the $15 billion in this year’s budget, phasing out reliance on fossil fuels, reducing power plant emissions, commitments to electric school buses, weatherizing and electrifying New York’s housing stock, and expanding Clean Green Schools will not be realized. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act cannot become an unfunded mandate.

NY Renews is the statewide coalition of more than 300 organizations behind passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Michael Richardson

NY Renews Steering Committee

Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith Circle

Chatham

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