Green Party members testify at State Senate hearings on climate crisis

New York – Members of the Green Party of New York (GPNY) came out in full force to demand immediate and comprehensive action to address the planetary emergency of climate change at New York State Senate hearings held the week of February 10, 2019. Greens called for the elimination of new fossil fuel infrastructure, particularly the building of new gas pipelines and gas-fired power plants, and moving to a carbon-neutral, 100% clean, renewable energy economy by 2030. They emphasized the need for a just transition for workers and frontline communities most affected by climate change.

The hearings were convened by the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation to discuss how to strengthen and improve the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA, A3871/S2292). But Greens were quick to point out the bill’s shortcomings and to go on record in support of the Off Fossil Fuels Act (A3565 OFF Act – A5105 / S5908) and the recently released Green New Deal for New York Act (A5334/S2878A). They called for a climate bill that incorporates the strongest and best provisions of all the climate bills that have been introduced, noting that climate legislation should be combined with economic justice legislation as part of a broader Green New Deal.

“The CCPA as it is written now has some good provisions but is essentially the re-packaging of climate policies over the past few years with too long a time frame, not enough detail and too little monitoring of targets and progress. A plan based on outdated targets will have New York standing still while extreme weather events and toxic emissions overtake us,” said GPNY co-chair Gloria Mattera. Mattera also called for stopping the proposed fracked gas Williams pipeline slated to run under the seabed floor just beyond New York Harbor.

“I also urge the legislature to combine climate legislation with economic justice legislation as part of a broader Green New Deal,” said 2018 GPNY gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins. Pointing to the recent congressional resolution for a Green New Deal announced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, and the Green New Deal for New York Act announced by State Senator James Sanders and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Hawkins emphasized the linkage between climate safety and economic justice that Greens have long been advocating.

“Beyond the necessary provisions in a climate bill for environmental justice and a Just Transition for workers and communities most directly impacted by the energy transition, we need other legislation to secure the economic rights to employment, income, housing, health care, and education. These public guarantees will assure everyone that they will be economically secure as we convert to a 100% clean, renewable energy economy,” said Hawkins.

Speaking as chair of the Green Education and Legal Fund was Mark Dunlea, the GPNY comptroller candidate in 2018. “The United Nations recent IPCC report warned that the world has 12 years to take dramatic unprecedented action to avoid climate destruction,” said Dunlea. He called on the State Senate “to combine the best of the provisions of the NY OFF Act, the CCPA and the Governor’s proposal into the strongest climate legislation possible.”

Green Party leaders Jim Brown and Joseph Naham from Nassau County also testified at the hearings. To view the testimony of all Greens at the hearings, visit http://www.gpny.org/climate.

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Green Party of New York
www.gpny.org/

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2019

Contact
Gloria Mattera chair@gpny.org
Peter LaVenia chair2@gpny.org

6 thoughts on “Green Party members testify at State Senate hearings on climate crisis

  1. Andrew

    One thing they can do is lobby the California, New York, and New Jersey legislatures to pass a law that mandates all vehicles sold in that state must be flex fuel and be able to take 90% gasoline all the way to 100% ethanol. Those three states account for almost 30% of the population, at that point all manufacturers would do it on all their vehicles. Also mandate all gas stations must have at least one pump capable of 100% ethanol for every 4 pumps they have. Ideally all pumps can produce a dialed in mixture on the fly. If anything this gives the consumer more choice.

  2. paulie

    I don’t know that NJ is more pro-ethanol than other states ahead of in on the list. Still pretty sure the Green Party is not pro-ethanol.

  3. Denise Ledford

    I would like to see all these Green Party Enthusiast put their money where their mouth is. In other words, start leading by example.

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