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Environmental Advocates Push for Bill to Hold Big Oil Responsible

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Environmental advocates are urging the governor to sign a bill that would make major oil companies pay for infrastructure recovery due to global warming.

Blair Horner, Executive Director of NYPIRG, explained the bill targets companies responsible for over 1 billion tons of greenhouse gases from 2000 to 2018. These companies would contribute $3 billion annually for 25 years to repair damages from severe weather, like washed-out bridges and damaged roads.

The Business Council of New York State opposes the bill. Ken Pokalsky from the council believes it will face legal challenges and may be treated as a tax, potentially passing costs to consumers.

The bill awaits the governor’s signature and would take effect immediately if signed.