Op-Ed | We must work together to move towards an equitable transition away from fossil fuels

Originally published by AMNY.

The implementation of New York’s landmark Climate Law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, is at a crossroads. If we are to succeed in achieving the aggressive climate emissions reductions and the equity mandates under the law, swift and urgent action will be required every year by the legislature and by every state agency.

Just like for offshore wind, we must now partner to build a vision, forge solutions and similar pathways to decarbonize our built environment at scale coupled with labor standards ensuring New York sets the national bar again. Buildings are New York state’s largest source of climate emissions. The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority estimates that there are over 380,000 state, institutional and commercial buildings and over 7 million households that need to be fully decarbonized by 2050.

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