Cuomo Commits to Cutting Climate Pollution

Statement from Rob Moore, Executive Director, Environmental Advocates of New York

ALBANY, NY (01/09/2013)(readMedia)-- "Just weeks after communities were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy – the third massive and deadly storm in just over 12 months – Governor Cuomo showed true leadership by speaking up on the need to fight climate change. In his State of the State address, the governor committed to lowering emissions of climate-altering pollution from power plants.

Governor Cuomo was right when he said 'we need to act, not simply react.' Cutting climate pollution below existing levels is the only way to fight climate change.

The governor highlighted the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as one of the ways his administration will act, pushing for a more aggressive cap on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The existing nine-state cap is set at 165 million tons of carbon dioxide, well above actual emissions. Today, the governor committed to lowering the cap to align with the current emission level of 91 million tons. This cap will ratchet down further in the coming years.

Environmental Advocates of New York applauds this announcement, which burnishes New York's position as a national leader on the environment and climate change."


Environmental Advocates of New York's mission is to protect our air, land, water and wildlife and the health of all New Yorkers. Based in Albany, we monitor state government, evaluate proposed laws and champion policies and practices that will ensure the responsible stewardship of our shared environment. We work to support and strengthen the efforts of New York's environmental community and to make our state a national leader. The tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization is also the New York State affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. Visit for more information.