Legislation to address cost of climate change

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ALBANY, NY (WENY) — As the state budget continues into overtime, climate advocates urge lawmakers and the Governor to support three bills that intend to address climate change and it’s costs.

The bills intend to do this through electric heating, establishing a climate change adaption fund, and aligning utility regulation with state climate justice and emission reduction targets.

“We know that these will save money, so let’s do the right thing. Keep our climate laws and solve the problem by leaning in not leaning out,” said Assembly Member Anna Kelles (D-Assembly District 125).

Some lawmakers dispute these bills.

“The truth of the matter is none of this going to make anything more affordable, it’s going to make things more expensive. It’s going to drive families and businesses out of New York State and for a goal that is not only ridiculous but in the end is going to accomplish literally nothing when it comes to climate change,” said Sen. George Borrello (R-57th Senate District).

Some advocates said one of the bills, the Climate Change Superfund Act, would help address concerns of affordability.

“If there really is a concern about costs, there’s an easy way to fix that and that’s to make the oil companies pay,” said Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.


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