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News Release | Environment New York

Impact SCOTUS Decision Will Have On RGGI

“While we’re confident that yesterday’s Supreme Court decision is only a temporary setback for clean air and a healthy planet, the ruling reinforces how important it is that New York continue to lead on climate. By advancing our own plans to reduce global warming pollution, we can show the way forward for the rest of the nation.” -- Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York 

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News Release | Environment New York

Gov. Cuomo's State of the State: We Can Have Both a Clean Environment and Strong Economy

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address, combined for the first time with his executive budget proposal, discussed a range of pro-environmental initiatives. The Governor's announcement included proposals to: raise the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million; spend $15 million to clean energy opportunity training programs to train workers for solar installation and technology; install solar panels on over 150,000 homes and business; and, eliminate the use of coal in New York State by 2020. Heather Leibowitz, director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response.

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News Release | Environment New York

Congress Hands Victory to Big Oil While Protecting Critical Environmental Programs and Promoting Renewables

Congressional leaders and the White House today agreed on a budget-busting omnibus spending bill that includes a major giveaway to big oil. Despite opposition from Environment America and many others in the conservation and public health communities, oil industry allies prevailed in their effort to lift the 40 year ban on oil exports which will inevitably lead to more drilling, more spilling and more global warming pollution.  The proposed omnibus spending bill (and parallel tax extenders package) adds $830 billion (over ten years) of tax breaks many of which are not payed for nor do they benefit the public good. 

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News Release | Environment New York

Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider

As Congressional leaders agreed on an omnibus budget deal without riders to block EPA’s landmark Clean Water Rule, Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement.

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News Release | Environment America

Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider

Due to overwhelming public support, the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress - the Barrasso bill, the CRA measure, and now an attempted budget rider.  Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost.   

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