The following op-ed by NYLCV President Julie Tighe, appeared in Crain’s New York Business, available here.
Gov. Kathy Hochul has made strides by advancing large-scale renewable energy projects throughout the state. New Yorkers began to realize the benefits of these projects in December as the first offshore wind turbines began powering homes on Long Island with clean, renewable energy. However, clean power generation is only one part of the solution. The state must also reduce carbon emissions in economic sectors such as transportation.
One of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in New York is the transportation sector – accounting for nearly one-third of the state’s total emissions. Confronting this sector is key to addressing the climate crisis and serves as a critical step toward creating a cleaner, greener New York. To be successful, we need to sell many more electric vehicles and begin transitioning vehicles with combustion engines, especially trucks and buses, to renewable fuels.
The New York League of Conservation Voters, along with other like-minded environmental groups, are urging the legislature to pass this bill. It’s time for New York to take the driver’s seat in the journey towards a cleaner, greener and sustainable future.