While running for a full term, Gov. Kathy Hochul is pushing hybrid cars for data collection in a green push for New York City that includes more energy-efficient buildings.
Toyota Priuses armed with rooftop aerial monitors are patrolling block by block through Manhattan and the Bronx as part of a new $3 million federal initiative to document pollution in communities across the state, later to become political She announced on Wednesday that she would better inform reactions.
“By launching this historic statewide initiative to monitor air quality and greenhouse gases, we will develop strategies to address air quality issues in New York’s most vulnerable communities while contributing to the state’s nation-leading climate goals,” said Hochul.
The mobile air monitors are part of a climate change offensive launched by Hochul in recent days that uses atypical political tools.
A bill she signed into law on Tuesday tightens energy standards in new builds — including installing hot tubs — while raising applicable wages for union workers on renewable projects.
A third new law removes barriers for utilities creating energy-efficient heating networks that route room-temperature water through multiple buildings.
Hochul said such efforts are “a major step forward” for the state to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 (compared to 1990) under laws codified in 2019.
A recent US Supreme Court ruling limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions underscores the need for states like New York to take action, big and small, on climate change, according to Hochul.
“We will continue to work to ensure we are not on the sidelines. I think we’re sending our message to the Supreme Court here today. This is New York. Do what you want, but we will do everything we can to protect our lives, our families, our bodies and the future of our planet,” Hochul said Tuesday.
Hochul is running for a full term against Republican nominee Lee Zeldin (R-Suffolk), who has vowed to take a more pro-business approach to energy policy when elected this fall.
“We need to reverse the federal ban on the safe extraction of natural gas,” Zeldin told Fox News earlier this week.
“Not only can we export to other countries, we can export energy to other countries. We can create jobs, generate revenue and revitalize communities. We can help pay for the plan for the largest tax cut in state history,” he added.
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