|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 15, 2014||referred to environmental conservation|
senate Bill S7598
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
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S7598 - Details
- Current Committee:
- Law Section:
- Environmental Conservation Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add Art 19 Title 12 §19-1201, En Con L
S7598 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7598 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to establishing a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions eighty percent by 2050 and preparing a climate action plan PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill relates to creating a climate action council to set greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 creates a legislative intent. Section 2 amends article 19 of the environmental conservation law by adding a new title 12 which establishes a climate action council. JUSTIFICATION: A climate action council would consist of the commissioners of agriculture and markets, economic development, environmental conservation, housing and community renewal, and transportation. This council would assume an educational and practical role in protection of the environment and its natural resources, by setting greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Greenhouse gas pollutants that accelerate global climate change would be much reduced with the standards set by the establishment of a council. Although no single action can have the power to ultimately end environmental climate problems, we have a duty and goal to mitigate such problems. The goal of this council is to reduce New York's
S7598 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7598 I N S E N A T E May 15, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- 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 establishing a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions eighty percent by 2050 and preparing a climate action plan THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent and findings. Governor David A. Paterson issued Executive Order No. 24 on August 6, 2009 entitled "Establishing a Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Eighty Percent by the Year 2050 and Preparing a Climate Action Plan." This Executive Order was continued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The purpose of this act is to codify Execu- tive Order No. 24 that was issued August 6, 2009. An emerging scientific consensus recognizes that the increased concen- tration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, along with other heat-trap- ping greenhouse gases, resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels and other human sources, warms the planet and changes its climate. Many scientists warn that unmitigated climate change is expected to result in significant adverse impact to our communities, economy and environment. According to the scientific assessments of the United Nations Intergov- ernmental Panel on Climate Change, and other work, substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century have the potential to minimize the most severe climate change impacts currently predicted. The reduction of global warming and limitation of climate change effects requires a collaborative, international effort to reduce the emission of greenhouses gases around the globe. New York and other states should work collaboratively with the federal government to devel- op and implement plans and policies that will achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Expanding and advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create new jobs. New York State has demonstrated leadership in this effort by undertaking various actions. It is appro- priate to build upon the important environmental benefits obtained through these actions and to establish a State-wide goal for the EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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