Lifton Submits Public Comment on New York Climate Action Plan Interim Report

February 7, 2011

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-Tompkins/Cortland) has today submitted a public comment on the New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report.

“I commend New York’s action to combat heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, in the face of scientific consensus that unmitigated climate change is already causing adverse effects to our environment, livelihoods and economy,” Lifton said.

However, Lifton warned, “Expansion of fuel types for electricity generation is necessary for New York State to aggressively combat the threat of climate change, but my research indicates the emphasis on increased nuclear power generation is misguided.”

Lifton concluded, “This is New York’s opportunity to lead the nation in the green technology industry, and move towards a renewables-based energy supply. While nuclear energy generation is, indeed, carbon neutral, the other environmental risks are unacceptable…. we need to increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to require that a greater percentage of electricity production come from renewable sources. Combined with additional incentives to develop solar and enhance the efficacy of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), New York can foster a clean-energy supply and become a critical force in the emerging green technology industry.”