To the Editor:
I keep hearing about how the New York Health Act is most likely not passing in Albany, which is bad enough, but what we don’t hear as much about is that the climate bill is stuck, too.
There’s only days left for Governor Andrew Cuomo to come to agreement with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Climate and Community Protection Act, a bill that makes climate crisis promises into law: a 50 percent renewable electric grid by 2030, 100 percent decarbonization across sectors by 2050, and 40 percent of state mitigation funds to low-income neighborhoods who have been most impacted by the burning of fossil fuels from local power plants. With the bill will also come jobs in the clean energy sector with livable wages.
Given the dire nature of global warming, this law is a basic need. I can’t say it enough – there is no other place for us to live. We must stop the ever-rising global temperature and we have to do it now. We must transition now to clean renewable energy. We cannot rely on the federal government with its climate-denying President and Senate Majority leader. The States must take up arms and defeat global warming. So why, with Democrats in power across the board in Albany, is it not happening?
Karen C. Higgins, Esq.
Massapequa Park, NY
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