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Environmental activists call for $15 billion spending in climate fight

On Wednesday, January 27, a coalition of environmental and social justice activists said New York State lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul must commit $15 billion this year to work towards fulfilling a 2019 state law calling for a zero-carbon economy by 2040.

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act also calls for the state to have a 70% renewable energy supply by 2030, according to the Albany Times-Union. Hochul’s 2022-23 budget plan includes increases in environmental spending, but nothing regarding the $15 billion specifically.


“We are making unprecedented investments in offshore wind, electric vehicle adoption and infrastructure, building electrification, environmental remediation and protection, and more,” said Madia Coleman, a spokeswoman for the governor.

Hochul’s proposed budget includes roughly $6 billion in climate spending.



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