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The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force on Global Warming (the Task Force) has been convened by NYSBA President Bernice Leber to summarize New York’s existing laws and programs regarding climate change and to make specific proposals that the State can implement in a timely and cost-effective fashion to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change. New York has taken many steps to address climate change; however, there is much more that can be done. The Task Force has not attempted to comprehensively suggest every possible action, but rather has selected 22 specific proposals that can be readily accomplished and that will yield real results. It is the hope of the Task Force that officials in the executive and legislative branches will seriously consider the recommendations made in this Report and seek to implement as many as possible. In making these recommendations, the Task Force was acutely aware of New York State’s current fiscal situation and has thus concentrated on action items that it expects will either save money because of their energy cost savings or will have, at worst, a modest cost to State and local government.


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Sabin Center for Climate Change Law