Governors Cuomo and Brown plan to exceed Clean Power Plan
"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 percent 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 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States – have adopted advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to meet and exceed the requirements of the Clean Power Plan and have set some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America – 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent 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. ■