senate Bill S7598

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to creating a climate action council to set greenhouse gas emission reduction goals

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May 15, 2014 referred to environmental conservation

S7598 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 19 Title 12 ยง19-1201, En Con L

S7598 - Summary

Creaties a climate action council to set greenhouse gas emission reduction goals; codifies executive order No. 24 issued by Governor Paterson in 2009.

S7598 - Sponsor Memo

S7598 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                            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


  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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