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Greene lawmakers urge residents to oppose NYS climate initiatives

Apr 24, 2022 1:00 am

Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup that Greene County elected officials are urging their constituents to actively oppose proposed environmental initiatives that they say will have "disastrous consequences on local communities." At the April 20 meeting, the county Legislature unanimously adopted a resolution detailing the alleged adverse impacts on residents and businesses that lawmakers say will occur under the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The CLCPA is one of the most ambitious climate laws in the world, celebrated by environmental groups as an important step forward in addressing global climate change. Under the act, the New York State Climate Action Council is tasked with developing a draft plan to serve as an initial framework for how the state will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero emissions, increase renewable energy usage, and ensure climate justice. The plan was released in December and public comment will be accepted until June 10. “The Greene County Legislature supports prudent action on energy efficiency,” said Republican Legislative Chair Patrick Linger. “However, the mandates outlined by the Climate Action Council take us down a narrow, expensive and risky path, centered on limiting homeowner choice, preventing research and innovation and electrifying everything,” he said. Many others are not against the state’s proposed plan — representatives of The Sierra Club and Catskill Mountainkeeper both fully support the legislation, for instance. County lawmakers have directed the county planning office to submit the concerns and comments contained in the resolution adopted last week, as well as an accompanying climate report prepared for Greene, Delaware, and Schoharie counties to the New York State Climate Action Council.  The legislature also directed the County Planning, Public Works, and Emergency Services departments to further review the Draft Scoping Plan and provide comments as appropriate. Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.