|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 15, 2014||referred to environmental conservation|
senate Bill S7457
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
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- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
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S7457 - Details
S7457 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7457 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to global warming pollution control PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to require the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to promulgate rules and regulations establishing limits on greenhouse gas emissions. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would: * define greenhouse gas to include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydro fluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluroide, and any other gas determined by DEC to be a significant contributor to global warming; * define "major greenhouse gas emission source" as any source or catego- ry of sources of greenhouse gas emissions, determined by the department to be capable of being monitored for compliance, and shall at a minimum include emissions: a. associated with fossil fuels; b. from any utility generating or delivering electricity consumed in the
S7457 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7457 I N S E N A T E May 15, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to global warming pollution control THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. Global warming and the resulting extreme weather events pose a serious threat to the economic well-being, public health, natural resources and environment of New York. Extreme weather events have become increasingly common, with Super- storm Sandy, and hurricanes Lee and Irene providing the most recent examples. The potential adverse impacts of global warming include the exacerbation of air quality problems, a reduction in the quality and supply of fresh water to the state, a rise in sea levels resulting in the displacement of coastal businesses, residents and infrastructure, damage to marine ecosystems and the natural environment, and an increase in the incidences of infectious diseases, asthma, and other human health-related problems. Global warming will have detrimental effects on some of New York's largest industries, including agriculture, fores- try, tourism, skiing, and recreational and commercial fishing. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Peace Prize, determined that burning coal, oil and gas has led to higher temperatures that are already impacting physical and biological systems. The panel also projected temperatures would rise more rapidly if greenhouse gases are not abated. The panel concluded that reducing emissions 80 percent below current emissions by mid-century would prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Action taken by New York and other states to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases will have far-reaching effects by encouraging the federal government, and other countries to act including encouraging the development of sustainable, non-polluting technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal and ocean currents. S 2. Article 19 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new title 13 to read as follows: EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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