New York’s sweeping climate change law comes with lots of unknowns

Ben Bradford Jun 20, 2019
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about the city's strategy to fight climate change in April. The State Assembly approved a sweeping climate change bill, which now moves to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York’s sweeping climate change law comes with lots of unknowns

Ben Bradford Jun 20, 2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about the city's strategy to fight climate change in April. The State Assembly approved a sweeping climate change bill, which now moves to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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New York is on the verge of mandating net-zero emissions across the entire state — the most ambitious state climate change law in the U.S.

Early Thursday, the New York Assembly approved a bill that now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo, which — if he signs it as expected — will mandate zero-net greenhouse gas emissions across the state by 2050.

It means a radical overhaul of infrastructure in a state not exactly known for it and where 80% of energy transmission equipment predates the 1980s. The bill’s supporters say those unknowns pale in comparison to the cost of failing to curb climate change.

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