United Climate Action Network is a grassroots group in New York’s 121st Assembly District. We actively advocate for environmentally sustainable policies and engage with businesses, schools, and other local community organizations to advance environmental literacy and sustainable practices.
1. HOME RULE
Home rule must be respected and remain the law of the land when siting new renewable energy projects. Money should help poor farmers, protect towns and be given to companies that respect local law and protect local assets as well as offering renewable energy resources to towns.
2. Pass the CCIA – Support continued funding the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF)
(A. 9856) Pass the Climate Community Investment Act
The Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) raises $15 billion per year from corporate polluters and uses it to create good, green jobs, invest infrontline communities, and build a renewable economy for New York State. The Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) was introduced in the 2019 – 2020 legislative session under the bill numbers S3616 and A9856.
EPF – Maintain state funding of the EPF which is a source of funding for projects that protect the environment and enhance communities in New York State.
2. EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY LEGISLATION
(S.1185) Introduced during this new legislative session 2021A bill proposed in New York would shift recycling costs from local governments to packaging producers. State Senator Todd Kaminsky and
Assemblyman Steve Englebright from Long Island said the bill would set up a “polluter pays” model
that incentivizes manufacturers to share the financial burden of recycling.
Long Island, NY Lawmakers Propose ‘Polluter Pays’ Model For Recycling
4. ELIMINATE NON-ESSENTIAL TAX SUBSIDIES FOR OIL/GAS COMPANIES
New York can both save money and continue its progress fighting the climate crisis by eliminating non-essential fossil fuel subsidies in the SFY 2021-22 budget. New York loses approximately $1.6 billion in tax revenue on fossil fuel related tax expenditures every year.