senate Bill S5557

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Enacts the New York state climate responsibility act

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee

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Apr 12, 2017 referred to environmental conservation


S5557 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 50 §§50-0101 - 50-0111, En Con L; add §§17-a & 17-b, Chap 355 of 2014

S5557 - Summary

Enacts the New York state climate responsibility act; establishes the New York state climate action council to report on greenhouse gases, establish a greenhouse gas reduction plan and to set statewide greenhouse gas emission limits and targets.

S5557 - Sponsor Memo

S5557 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 12, 2017

Introduced  by  Sen. LATIMER -- 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  and  the  community
  risk  and  resiliency  act,  in  relation to establishing the New York
  state climate responsibility act


  Section  1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York
state climate responsibility act".
  § 2. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds  and  declares
  1.  Climate  change  threatens  mankind  and  the planet. Its negative
effects have already been felt in New York with abnormally high  temper-
atures  and  extreme  storms  like Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in 65
billion dollars of damage. Future threats to the planet  and  the  state
include  sea  level  rise, more frequent and extreme storms, flooding of
coastal areas including New York City,  heat  waves,  drought,  loss  of
agricultural  production,  loss  of  species  and  ecosystems,  and  the
increased spread of infectious diseases. These impacts  threaten  state,
national,  and world economies, endanger life and property, and jeopard-
ize public health and safety. They also place increased strain on exist-
ing infrastructure, hinder the delivery of critical services, and foster
political instability.
  2. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and U.S.
Global Change Research Program, substantial reductions in greenhouse gas
emissions are required by mid-century to limit global warming to no more
than 2 degrees Celsius and ideally to no more than 1.5  degrees  Celsius
compared  to  pre-industrial  levels,  and  thus  avoid  the most severe
impacts of climate change. Specifically, by  2050  industrialized  coun-
tries  must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent
below 1990 levels to stay within 2 degrees Celsius. Tackling the climate

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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