In 2019, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (“CLCPA”) into law. The CLCPA was passed with the objective of addressing climate change and minimizing the adverse impacts on the “economic well-being, public health, natural resources, and the environment of New York.” S. 6599, 2019-2020 Sen., Reg. Sess. § 1 (N.Y. 2019). The CLCPA seeks to meet these objectives by reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions, scaling up renewable energy to avoid further climate change, and improving the resiliency of the state in order to address unavoidable climate change impacts. Id. The law created the Climate Action Council that is tasked with developing a scoping plan to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 75-0103(1).
Environmental Law | Law
Hillary Aidun, Julia Li & Antonia Pereira,
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s Environmental Justice Promise,
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, April 2021
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sabin_climate_change/37