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Cuomo to Invest $800 Million for New York Energy Efficiency
By Freeman Klopott - Apr 26, 2012 2:27 PM ET

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is investing $800 million to enhance the energy efficiency of state and local government buildings, with a goal of reducing consumption by 20 percent over the next four years.

The investment will be funded through debt issued by the New York Power Authority, which coordinates the distribution of renewable energy to businesses, nonprofit organizations and government entities, Gil Quiniones, its president, said today at a press conference in Albany.

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Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

Across the United States and the world, climate change is already affecting communities, livelihoods, and the environment. In 2009, the Obama Administration convened the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, co-chaired by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and including representatives from more than 20 Federal agencies. On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the Task Force to develop a report with recommendations for how the Federal Government can strengthen policies and programs to better prepare the Nation to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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State of the Climate | Global Analysis | Annual 2011

"This marks the 35th consecutive year (since 1976) that the yearly global temperature was above the 20th century average. The warmest years on record were 2010 and 2005, which were 0.64°C (1.15°F) above average. Including 2011, all eleven years in the 21st century so far (2001–2011) rank among the 13 warmest in the 132-year period of record. Only one year during the 20th century, 1998, was warmer than 2011."

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VICTORY for Clean Energy:  Covanta Withdraws Waste-to-Energy Petition to Public Service Commission
12/12/2011
Last week Covanta Energy Corporation withdrew its request to the New York State Public Service Commission to make garbage incineration eligible for the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).  New York’s RPS was established in 2004 to promote clean, renewable energy such as wind and solar power to replace dirty fossil fuels.  Consumers pay for the RPS through a small surcharge on their monthly utility bills.

Environmental and clean energy advocates hailed this as a major victory for clean energy.   Over the summer, dozens of advocacy groups, businesses, and elected officials and thousands of individual citizens submitted comments strongly opposing Covanta's petition, arguing that garbage incineration is not renewable energy and should not be given the same incentives as provided through NY’s RPS for wind and solar power. 

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More recycling will create 1.5 million new U.S. jobs
November 14, 2011

More Jobs, Less Pollution: Growing the Recycling Economy in the U.S. shows how a stronger recycling economy would create 1.5 million new jobs in manufacturing, collection, and other careers. If done right, recycling jobs can be quality jobs with family-supporting wages.

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Burning Public Money for Dirty Energy
CEC co-released the report, Burning Public Money for Dirty Energy, produced by GAIA, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. The report exposes why the Incinerator Industry has been working so hard to paint themselves as Green, which has included deliberately misrepresenting the benefits and drawbacks of this technology. They have a strong motivation-- they want to obtain huge subsidies, millions of dollars of green cash. This is a particularly important time for the public to be asking what kind of a future we want to have, when public officials seek to remove funding from essential programs, while providing extraordinary subsidies to those dirty industries that produce pollution and harm public health. The report also provides case studies of a few incinerators that have caused serious financial harm to local communities.

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As Cuomo Plans Shut Down of Indian Point Nuclear Plant, Experts Fail to Grasp Value of Solar and Efficiency for NY City: By Stephen Lacey on Thinkprogess.org

"New York may soon decommission the four-decade-old Indian Point nuclear plant, a deteriorating 2-GW power station that supplies 25% of New York City’s electricity.

Some experts claim that closing the plant could de-stabilize supply, thus requiring a time-consuming build-out of centralized power plants and new transmission that will drive up rates.  The reality, however, is quite different".

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CEC COMMENTS ON DRAFT NYSERDA REGULATIONS RELATED TO ENERGY PLANNING

Read CEC's comments to the Energy Board on the Draft Regulations proposed by NYSERDA in connection with Energy Planning HERE. Largely these regulations are associated with reporting by those in the energy sector.

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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS EPA'S AUTHORITY TO REGULATE CARBON DIOXIDE

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2011 (ENS) - The U.S. Supreme Court today reaffirmed its finding that carbon dioxide is an air pollutant subject to control under the Clean Air Act and upheld the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the greenhouse gas.

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CEC'S COMMENTS ON SCOPE OF STATE ENERGY PLAN

CEC's Barbara Warren lent comments to NY's State Energy Plan. These comments address the following: the closure of ALL nuclear power plants in the state in 3 years with Indian Point immediately, the creation of NO NEW nuclear plants, the creation of an Independent safety task force, a ban on Gas Drilling or Hydrofracking, the creation of a Public Trust Doctrine, Trash Incineration, and support for a Citizens Utility Board.


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Read CEC's Comments on the New York State Climate Action Plan
The NYS Climate Action Plan Interim Report Promotes Dirty Energy: Nuclear Reactors and Waste Incinerators

Final Comments from CEC on the NYS Climate Action Plan
Letter Opposing Nuclear Reactors and Waste Incinerators in NYS
More Detailed Letter on Nuclear Issues.

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United Nations Report on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Climate Change

The following is a link to a new lengthy report regarding the impact of climate change on exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The report explains significant climate-induced changes experts forsee in relation to future releases of POPs into the environment, their long-range transport and environmental fate, and human and environmental exposure, subsequently leading to higher health risks for both human populations and the environment.

Click here to view the report: "Climate Change and POPs: Predicting the Impacts"

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NEW POLL RESULTS SHOW STUNNING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY

Full poll results are here.