New York’s legislative session ends without meaningful climate action

The Vote Solar team is deeply disappointed in the NY state legislature’s lack of urgency on climate. The legislature concluded its 2021 legislative session early Friday morning without advancing the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) or other initiatives that New Yorkers desperately need.

The passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLPCA) was an important step in moving New York toward a clean energy future, but it was only a step. The state’s energy grid remains dangerously over reliant on fossil fuels and New Yorkers are bearing the human cost of a degrading climate. By failing to pass legislation like the CCIA’s polluter fee, public procurement, energy efficiency, or a moratorium on new fossil plants, it seems our electeds have chosen to rest on their laurels. New Yorkers — particularly our environmental justice communities — can afford nothing less than strong and immediate action.

While we are frustrated by the outcome of the legislative session, we remain dedicated to our vision of clean energy equity and a just transition. Along with our partners and colleagues, we will continue to pursue a thriving and resilient clean energy economy for New York. 

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