“Over the past several months I have received hundreds of emails from constituents concerned with the Climate Action Council’s draft scoping plan and, today, as it receives approval from 19 ofthe 22 members on the council, it is obvious that the pleas of many New Yorkers have gone unheard.
“We all agree that we need to take steps that will not only fight climate change, but also preserve our great state. However, the goals laid out by the Climate Action Council come at great expense to New York taxpayers and businesses, and without a complete understanding of costs and solutions we are setting the bar too high, too quickly. I look forward to having an opportunity to advocate for changes ahead of the implementation of these regulations.
“At a time of record-high inflation, we should be adopting measures that provide relief for families, small businesses and seniors living on fixed incomes, not moving forward with ones that will further burden them with mandates and increases on cars, home heating and energy sources. This is another example of Albany leadership moving quickly to be the ‘first’ without consideration of the bigger picture.”