Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York
[Editor Comment: Bob Howarth, who parades around as an academic, is really an activist with a methane obsession that is going to hurt New Yorkers badly.]
On July 18, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) It is among the most ambitious climate laws in the world and requires New York to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and no less than 85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. I maintain that not only is the general public unaware of the ramifications of this legislation but I doubt that very few of the legislators who voted and sponsored it understood the overt anti-natural gas biases included in the language of the act. This post addresses the methane obsession reflected in changes to the emissions inventory requirements and what that means to New Yorkers.
I am following the implementation of the CLCPA closely because its implementation affects my future as a New Yorker. Given the cost impacts for other jurisdictions that have implemented renewable energy resources to meet targets at much less stringent levels, I am convinced that the costs in New York will be enormous and my analyses have supported that concern. In addition, I think that the CLCPA’s mandate to electrify home heating will be deadly when an ice storm knocks out power for days. The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.