Letters: On State Climate Action

To the Editor:

Climate action and environmental resilience were top concerns in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent State of the State address. There will be new investment in clean energy and transportation, and a $3 billion “Mother Nature Bond Act.”

This is how 2020 must begin, with ambitious implementation of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Law. In order to meet its necessary mandate of a 100% carbon-neutral economy by 2040, we need no more fracked gas plants or fracked gas infrastructure, rapid advances in siting and building large renewable energy projects coupled with energy storage, and a major commitment to reducing transportation pollution.

Transportation emissions, especially from passenger cars, are the largest source of greenhouse gases in New York. There are many policies, including incentives and pollution fees, to encourage the adoption of emissions-free electric cars. Already, Governor Cuomo is committed to improving the state’s charging infrastructure and electrifying the state’s largest bus systems. We need more aggressive action to decarbonize passenger car traffic.  

Alexa Marinos 
North Babylon

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Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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