Tom Suozzi Wrong on Climate and Community Investment Act

Following Representative Tom Suozzi’s statement to Capitol Pressroom that he would oppose the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) if elected Governor next year, Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess), Senator Kevin Parker (D-Kings) and Environmental Advocates New York renewed their commitment to pass this landmark legislation.

“While it is true that sweeping climate action needs to be taken up by the federal government, the lack of progress in Washington has left us here in New York State to take leadership actions to save our planet.The CCIA will establish that New York will continue to set a good example for others to follow in the global fight against climate change,” said Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill.

“The CCIA is the next logical step from the CLCPA as we fight to reduce our carbon footprint and build a clean energy future for our great state,” said Senator Kevin S. Parker.“I look forward to working with the Congressman as he better educates himself on the Carbon Crisis and NYS’ national standard setting goals.The CCIA both furthers the state’s progress on building a clean energy future and its investment into sustainable energy technology that will produce full-time jobs at a living wage with benefits.In addition, the CCIA will offset price increases of carbon-intensive goods and services.”

The Climate and Community Investment Act, authored by Assemblymember Cahill and Senator Parker, will revolutionize energy consumption and climate mitigation practices in New York State.The CCIA's investment into renewable energy and technology will produce high-paying, reliable jobs that will attract new residents and offset price increases of carbon-intensive goods and services.In addition to rebates for middle- and low-income New Yorkers, funds will also be directed to communities disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation.

“As a recent report to the state Climate Action Council makes clear, there are vast health and economic benefits to be won in New York’s transition to a fossil-fuel free economy. In order to get there, we need to make sure that the necessary funding comes from the polluters who got us in this mess to begin with. No more kicking the can down the road, the time for action is now,” said Conor Bambrick, Director of Climate Policy for Environmental Advocates New York.

Other New York Democratic leaders, recognizing the need for progressive climate policy regardless of federal inactivity, have set to action."With her Clean Path NY initiative, Governor Kathy Hochul is championing the largest renewable energy and transmission project in New York State in the last fifty years.Attorney General Letitia James continues to build on her reputation as a national leader in taking on polluters, including the Trump-era Environmental Protection Agency’s dirty power plants.These are the kind of positive approaches we need to this existential crisis," said Assemblymember Cahill.

“Thomas Suozzi is dead wrong when he perpetuates the "guns or butter" argument about carbon taxes.As a society, the people of New York are already paying dearly for the damage caused by carbon pollution.What is missing is the resource to create new, good-paying, economy-building green jobs on the scale necessary to rescue our environment.The CCIA is the path to twenty-first century success.Congressman Suozzi needs to stop pulling false alarms just to stake out a role in the upcoming governor's race,” Cahill concluded.