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Sen. O’Mara: New York’s energy mandates need rethinking

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State Senator Tom O’Mara voiced concerns about New York’s aggressive clean energy mandates. The “Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act” (CLCPA), approved in 2019, aims for 70% renewable energy by 2030 and zero emissions by 2040.

O’Mara criticized the rapid pace of mandates like banning natural gas in new buildings by 2025 and all-electric school buses by 2027. He warned these mandates could cost New Yorkers over $1 trillion by 2050.

A recent report from Governor Hochul’s administration suggests New York may miss its 2030 renewable energy goal, considering a new target of 2033. O’Mara sees this as an opportunity for a necessary public discussion on the feasibility and impact of the state’s climate strategy.