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Groups press for clean energy standard

Nov 11, 2020 3:15 pm
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics dozens of advocacy groups are continuing to urge state elected officials to take up a clean fuel standard for the transportation sector. The effort began at the start of 2020, but then took a backseat to the state's COVID-19 response. Advocates are now looking to next year and the coming state budget talks in 2021. The effort is meant to tackle carbon emissions in transportation, one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and comes as the state is due to switch over to renewable sources of energy in the coming years. The pitch is based in part on not just combatting climate change, but also creating jobs in the growing renewable energy field in the process. “A clean fuel standard would accelerate the transition to clean fuel technology, create jobs for New Yorkers, clean our air and improve public health at no cost to the state, and create a new revenue stream for fleet operators to invest in clean vehicles and infrastructure, like EV charging stations,” said Julie Tighe, the president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. A range of organizations that represent agriculture, auto manufacturing, renewable fuel companies, biofuel producers and electric charging companies signed on to the letter. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.
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