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Letter: NY should join Calif. on green energy

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Manhattan on Sept.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Manhattan on Sept. 18. Credit: Charles Eckert

Calif. leads way on green energy

Those who rallied on the Long Beach boardwalk on Sept. 8 had Long Island’s interests at heart [“Protesters urge agressive climate change fight,” News, Sept. 9]. Long Island is at the front lines of climate change, being especially vulnerable to sea-level rise and coastal erosion.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s fracking ban, adherence to the Paris Climate Accord, and rejection of the Port Ambrose Gas Terminal are a start, but several of the demonstrators’ most important demands were that the governor support passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act, a bill that would commit New York to eliminating fossil-fuel emissions throughout the state by 2050. This bill may seem too far-reaching to some; however, on Sept. 10, Gov. Jerry Brown of California not only signed a similar bill into law, committing his state to transitioning to 100 percent renewable production of electricity by 2045, but also issued an executive order calling for his state to reach carbon neutrality by the same year.

If Cuomo truly wishes to become a climate leader, he should pass the CCPA and institute a fee on corporate polluters to fund a just transition for join California at the forefront of climate justice in America.

Alex Dillon, Cedarhurst

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, an advocacy organization.