With the recent announcement that the United States will begin to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. have issued the following statement reaffirming their ongoing commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and curb carbon pollution:
“Dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other critical climate programs is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science. With this move, the Administration will endanger public health, our environment and our economic prosperity. Climate change is real and will not be wished away by rhetoric or denial. We stand together with a majority of the American people in supporting bold actions to protect our communities from the dire consequences of climate change.
“Together, California and New York represent approximately 60 million people – nearly one-in-five Americans – and 20% of the nation’s gross domestic product. With or without Washington, we will work with our partners throughout the world to aggressively fight climate change and protect our future.”
New York and California lead the nation in ground-breaking policies to combat climate change. Both states – which account for roughly 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. – have adopted advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to meet and exceed the requirements of the Clean Power Plan.
The two states have also set some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America – 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. New York and California will continue to work closely together, and with other states, to help fill the void left by the federal government.