Local officials, activists take a stand against climate change

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Environmental activists concerned about climate change legislation on the federal level are turning to New York State to act.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and representatives from Citizen Action and the Sierra Club were among those present at a rally at the state office building Thursday.

This is occurring on the heels of President-Elect Trump's recent cabinet appointments and comments concerning climate change.

The event was part of state-wide efforts to urge Governor Cuomo to include the New York Climate and Community Protection act into his next budget proposal.

The act includes limits on greenhouse gas emissions, extends grants for renewable community projects and sets New York on a path to use 50 percent clean energy by 2030.

Adam Flint, Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager say this bill would be good for the environment and for the economy.

"We're going to create a package that's so attractive that people who maybe looking at this through ideological glasses are going to say 'Hey why aren't we doing this? Why aren't we creating these jobs? Why aren't we bringing in all these companies that are creating wealth and value in our communities," said Flint.

Lupardo is a co-sponsor of the bill.

She said that while it passed in the Assembly last session, it doesn't have a sponsor in the Republican-controlled State Senate.

That's why activists want Cuomo to make it part of the budget negotiations.


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