CLCPA Legislation Spurred by Cuomo Should Be Repealed!

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Roger looks at where the Empire State stands with its climate goals and concludes the only realistic hope is to repeal the CLCPA right now.]

On July 18, 2019 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency.

According to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) bulletin dated May 10, 2021, the Advisory Panels to the Climate Action Council have all submitted recommendations for consideration in the Scoping Plan to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions economy-wide.   Until this point, the State has not formally released its estimates of current GHG emissions but the strategies mention the GHG emissions for the baseline in 1990 and the most recent year, 2018, so we can estimate where New York stands.

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Climate Bill Yet Another Poor Deal for New Yorkers

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

UPDATE 5/12/2021:  Contrary to my assertion this legislation has not been passed by the New York Senate, it hasn’t even come up in committee yet in either house.

[Editor’s Note: Roger gives the proposed Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) a once-over as only he can do and finds it a VERY poor deal for New Yorkers.]

In the spring of 2021, the New York state Senate introduced and passed the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA).  At the time of this writing in early May 2021, the bill is being considered by the Environmental Committee of the Assembly.  Coming on the heels of the Texas energy debacle one might think New York politicians would not propose any changes to energy and environmental laws until the causes of that disaster were understood or would at least make implementation contingent upon feasibility studies to determine if the ambitious goals of new legislation don’t risk a similar outcome in New York. Unfortunately, this summary of the proposed law shows that is not the case.

I have written extensively about implementation of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) because I believe it will adversely affect affordability and reliability as well as create more environmental harm than good. The CCIA will make those impacts worse.  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.

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Climate Emergency in New York? What Climate Emergency?

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Roger studies the status of climate science in his home state, where politician Andrew Cuomo determines what is a climate emergency.]

In response to the Biden administration’s “World Climate Summit” there have been multiple summaries of the state of climate science, the alleged impacts and purported solutions. This post summarizes relative articles in the context of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s likely effect on the alleged effects of global warming.

I am a retired electric utility meteorologist with 40 years-experience analyzing the effects of meteorology and climate on electric operations in general and impacts on electric service in particular.  The opinions expressed in my comments 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.

These comments consist of two parts.  In the first part I calculated the potential impact on global warming if New York were to achieve complete elimination of all greenhouse gas emissions.  In the second part I summarize information contradicting the notion of an on-going climate emergency that is the rationale for the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) emission reductions.  These comments show that New York’s potential effect on global warming is too small to measure and the evidence is that there is no climate emergency. 

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Peaking Power Plants and the Truth About Truthout

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Roger addresses the falsehoods in the dubious Park Foundation funded Truthout propaganda sheets regarding peaking power plants.]

Truthout is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to providing independent reporting and commentary on a diverse range of social justice issues.  According to the about description “Truthout works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for progressive and transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we will spur transformations in consciousness and inspire both policy change and direct action.”

If the article Fossil Fuel Phase Out Must Begin Where the Industry Has Hurt People the Most is any indicator, however, their platform is based on emotion and not facts.  The alleged problems with peaking power plants and neighborhood power plant impacts on local health are exaggerated and nearly fact free.  The proposed solution is untested and likely to make the lives that they want to improve worse.

I am a retired air pollution meteorologist with over 40 years-experience analyzing the effects of meteorology on electric operations.  While doing consulting work for the Environmental Protection Agency I evaluated air quality model performance and later worked at a utility company where I was responsible for ambient monitoring networks in the vicinity of power plants and evaluating their air quality impacts.  I have been involved with peaking power plants in particular for over 20 years both from a compliance reporting standpoint and also evaluation of impacts and options for those sources.  This background served me well preparing this post.  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.

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RGGI Approach to Reducing Carbon Will Cost New Yorkers $92 Billion!

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: RGGI is no solution to anything. It’s going to cost New Yorkers some $92 Billion, in fact, for nothing more than green virtue signaling.]

he New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) report New York’s RGGI-Funded Programs Status Report – Semiannual Report through June 30, 2020 (“Status Report”) describes the programs New York has set up to invest the proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives.  In this post I update an earlier evaluation whether the investments made from the RGGI auction proceeds are cost effectively reducing CO2.

I am a retired air pollution meteorologist who has been involved in the RGGI program process since its inception sometime in 2004.  I have written extensively on RGGI because the program demonstrates practical difficulties with greenhouse gas control programs.  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.

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Air Pollution Absolutists Are Making An Absolutely Absurd Argument

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Absolutists are almost always the enemy of the good and that applies to air pollution and climate fanaticism. Reason cannot be ignored.]

The recently released Fossil Fuel End Game report claims that peaking power plants should be replaced with wind, solar and distributed battery storage because it would save money and lives.  However, the basis for that claim ultimately comes down to the belief that there is no acceptable level of air pollution.  This post explains why I think that is absurd and explains how this concept is misused by activists.

I am a retired air pollution meteorologist with over 40 years-experience analyzing the relationship between air quality and environmental standards.  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.

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CCIA: The Community and Climate Investment Act Climate Pollution Tax

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: New York’s Community and Climate Investment Act (CCIA) is unfolding as a financial hit on New Yorkers who will face new carbon taxes.]

In the spring of 2021, the New York state Senate introduced the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA).  Coming on the heels of the Texas energy debacle one might think that politicians would not propose any changes to energy and environmental laws until the causes of that disaster were understood or would at least make implementation contingent upon feasibility studies to determine if the ambitious goals of this legislation don’t risk a similar outcome in New York. Such is not the case, however as I will show in this post

I have written extensively about implementation of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) because I believe it will adversely affect affordability and reliability as well as create more environmental harm than good. The CCIA will make those impacts worse.  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.

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Hurricane CLCPA Will Do Massive Damage to the Empire State

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Roger looks at New York State’s vulnerability to a really major hurricane and finds “green energy” likely to leave it in disastrous shape.]

New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency. The CLCPA was described as the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in the country when Cuomo signed the legislation but there is one massive [hurricane sized] flaw.  The lawmakers who enacted this law presumed that the transition of the state’s energy system could be implemented by political will so did not include feasibility conditions in the targets or schedules.  This post is a short description of one aspect of the many implementation problems of this law.

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Energy Reliability Should Be What It’s About, But It’s New York, So…

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Roger demonstrates how New York, instead of focusing on energy reliability and affordability, has gone off the rails into never never land.]

Since mid-February the Power Generation Advisory Panel has been discussing “enabling” initiatives or strategy recommendations for the Climate Action Council.  Unfortunately, as I show in this post, there has been insufficient focus on affordability and reliability.  In this instance energy reliability necessarily has to incorporate feasibility because the zero-emissions energy production necessary to meet the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal for a zero-emissions electric system by 2040 is unprecedented.

I have written extensively on implementation of the CLCPA closely because its implementation will affect energy reliability, affordability and I believe the environmental impacts will be significantly worse than doing nothing.  I have described the law in general, evaluated its feasibility, estimated costs, described supporting regulations, listed the scoping plan strategiessummarized some of the meetings and complained that its advocates constantly confuse weather and climate.  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.

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Texas: The Lessons and the Not Lessons from the Energy Debacle

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor’s Note: Roger takes apart the supposed lessons from the Texas energy debacle as offered by a climate change activist and exposes the reality.]

On March 14, 2021 the Syracuse Post Standard published a commentary “To keep the lights on, take these lessons from Texas” by Dr. David Murphy, an associate professor of environmental studies at St. Lawrence University.  Unfortunately, most of what he said is incorrect and what he proposed will guarantee that New York’s lights will go out.

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