Brown beats Cuomo to the punch on 100% renewable energy

CONTACT: daniela.lapidous@nyrenews.org | 408-505-8010

September 10, 2018 -- Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 100 (SB100) into law - committing California to reaching zero-carbon electricity by 2045. He went even further by signing an Executive Order committing the whole state economy to carbon neutrality by 2045.

In response, NY Renews, a coalition of over 140 labor, community, environmental, and environmental justice organizations across New York, released the following statement:

“California is the world’s fifth-largest economy, and we applaud Governor Brown and the state legislature’s commitment to moving the state off of fossil fuels.

Governor Cuomo: will you make sure New York is next?

Governor Cuomo must stand up for the Climate and Community Protection Act (A8270A/S7971A) for a 100% renewable economy by 2050. The CCPA applies economy-wide and has landmark equity provisions, with targeted investments in environmental justice communities and fair labor standards for state-funded energy projects.

The CCPA has passed the Assembly for three years in a row and garnered bi-partisan, majority support during the last legislative session -- but the Governor has been silent. He can show his commitment to being a visionary climate leader by putting the CCPA in his Executive Budget this fall.

Over the past few days, #RiseForClimate marches and events demanding Governor Cuomo move NY to 100% renewable energy took place in NYC, Long Island, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and more.

While the world watches the Global Climate Action Summit, Brown will be recognized as a leader -- and Cuomo can join him only if he has the courage to seize the moment and support a 100% renewable future for New York.”

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Dan Sherrell