The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) has been described as the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in the country. However, most New Yorkers are not aware of the law or the implications of the Act on the future of New York. On December 30, 2021, the Climate Action Council released the Draft Scoping Plan for public comment on December 30, 2021. The public comment period extends through at least the end of April 2022, and will also include a minimum of six public hearings. The Council will consider the feedback received as it continues to discuss and deliberate on the topics in the Draft as it works towards a final Scoping Plan for release by January 1, 2023.
Given the intrusive changes to lifestyles, risks to a reliable electric system, substantial cost increases, serious environmental impacts of the necessary wind, solar and storage technologies, and the lack of any direct global warming benefits, it is appropriate for all New Yorkers to research the effects of the law and comment to the Climate Action Council and your lawmakers.
The New York State Climate Act webpage includes a link to sign up to “be among the first to learn of New York State climate news and developments”. This puts you on the mailing list to get notices of Climate Act meetings and events. According to the webpage: “This page will be further updated as more information on the work being done across the state to support our fight on climate as outlined in the Climate Act becomes available. Please be sure to visit often or bookmark this page.” For the other side of the story please visit and bookmark the Citizens Guide to the Climate Act page and the Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York website.
The Scoping Plan draft was released to the public on December 30, 2021. According to the press release:
“The release of the Draft Scoping Plan, available at the New York State Climate Act website (leaves DEC website), kicks off a 120-day public comment period beginning Jan. 1, 2022. New Yorkers are encouraged to submit comments via the online public comment form, via email at email@example.com, and via U.S. mail to Attention: Draft Scoping Plan Comments, NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399. The public comment period will also include at least six public hearings across the State. Details and information about how to participate in the public hearings will be announced in early 2022.”
In the previous incarnation of a New York plan to address climate change (Climate Action Plan) comments submitted were documented and made available to the public. Given the enormity of the impacts of the Climate Act on New Yorkers I would hope that the same standard of transparency will be continued. The public hearing schedule will be announced to the Climate Act mailing list so be sure to sign up for that.
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York Comments
In order to give readers ideas for comments I list the comments I have submitted below:
- Comment form January 12, 2022 – Comment suggested that it would be useful to break up the scoping plan document by chapter.
- Comment form January 1, 2022 – Comment noted that the resource spreadsheets had not been updated since mid-November. The spreadsheets were updated a couple of weeks later
- Emailed document December 31, 2021 – Comment requested more time for public comments. Note that at the time the comment submission form did not allow attachments.