New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, passed in 2019, lays out an ambitious climate goal of reducing NYS’s greenhouse gas emissions at least 85% below our 1990 emissions. And there are a number of intermediate goals in the CLCPA, such as having 70% of our electricity produced by renewables by 2030.
An appointed Climate Action Council is charged with developing concrete recommendations for actions that will get us to these goals. On January 1, 2022, the CAC released a draft of that plan. The public can now offer comments on this “Draft Scoping Plan” until June 10. After the comment period closes, the CAC will take those comments into account as it writes its final Scoping Plan, which is due December 31, 2022.
A strong final Scoping Plan is critical to our future! Comments should support those aspects of the Draft Scoping Plan that are strong, suggest improvements to aspects that could be stronger, and emphatically counter aspects that are weak or would actually make the climate crisis worse.
How Do I Comment?
You can email your comments to the Climate Action Council using this form.
You can voice your comments by signing up to speak at the following:
- Tuesday, May 3, at 4 PM
The Theater at City Tech, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn
- Saturday, May 7, at 10 AM
- Wednesday, May 11, at 4 PM
Register to speak here: https://nyserda.seamlessdocs.com/f/PublicHearings
To see where and when hearings will be held all over New York state, click here.
What Should I say?
You can read the Draft Scoping Plan in its entirety here. https://climate.ny.gov/Our-Climate-Act/Draft-Scoping-Plan
Or you can use the guides below to develop your testimony. Remember: