In his second climate speech in two weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo joined former Vice President Al Gore at Columbia University to announce New York’s participating in a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
NYLCV staff were in attendance as the governor signed “Under 2 MOU” a pact of states, cities, and provinces around the world that have pledged to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.
New York is already a leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions with a goal of reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
“The leadership shown by Governor Cuomo and New York State to making these bold emissions reductions is vital to solving the climate crisis,” Gore said, adding, “What the governor has announced today … should be seen in the context of the steps he has already taken.”
This exciting announcement will help New York homes, businesses, and universities invest in clean energy, drive economic growth across the state, and protect the environment. Our president, Marcia Bystryn, went on to say, “It is imperative for Governor Cuomo to take a leading role in combatting climate change — and he is.”
We look forward to continuing to work with the governor to make these ambitious and important goals a reality.