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The CLCPA: Right Goal/Wrong Path

When the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) passed in 2019, few New Yorkers even knew what happened. Worried about the impact of climate change, legislators set extreme targets for carbon reductions, without specifying how those goals would be accomplished. Now, the harsh implications are starting to emerge.

We strongly support action on climate change and decarbonization. However, we are already seeing evidence that the plans being put together would take us down a very narrow, expensive and risky path, centered on electrifying everything. This is likely to have wide-ranging, harmful repercussions in New York, including the following:

  • carbon taxes on gasoline, natural gas, propane gas, and heating oil that could cost a typical family $20,000 over 10 years.
  • required conversion to heat pumps, or surcharges that drive up the cost of regular systems—either way, expect a huge increase in cost.
  • total prohibition of new homes and buildings fueled by anything other than electricity.
  • an overloaded electric grid that is even more vulnerable to crashing, with great cost and disruption, especially for our lower-income families.
  • lower state and local tax revenue as businesses flee our already overtaxed state.
  • a missed opportunity to more quickly impact climate change without generating the big backlash that is sure to come.

New York needs a smarter energy policy that doesn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. We need a place for traditional fuels to help transition to a low carbon future, by making improvements in their own emissions — not outlawing them.

What could the CLCPA cost the NY families?

How could the CLCPA put us at risk?

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In the News

Check out blogs, articles and commentary about the implications of electrification and the impending energy disruption that the CLCPA could trigger.

The Empire Center of NY just released a study showing how the CLCPA will cost NY families hundreds of billions of dollars more than projected by the state, with huge repercussions.

Read the report here

The strain on the grid, covered by The Washington Post, has proven itself hugely problematic. The issue is explored in the article “The grid’s big looming problem: Getting power to where it’s needed.”

Read the article here

On Robert Bryce’s Power Hungry Podcast, Meredith Angwin, author of Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of Our Electric Grid, discusses the issues and implications of electrification in detail.

Listen to the podcast here

Multiple paths yield greater chances of success

Recent blackout crises in Texas, California, Louisiana and elsewhere are showing us the folly of relying too much on any one source of energy. Thousands of New Yorkers already experience blackouts every year. Now imagine the results if we push millions of homes, businesses and vehicles from traditional fuels to electricity, and shift even more peak load to the winter. Spoiler: They will not be good.

Fortunately, improvements are already underway in traditional fuels like natural gas, propane gas and heating oil that increase renewable content, reduce carbon and other harmful emissions, and increase equipment efficiency — all for a fraction of the cost of electrifying everything, and with far less disruption to families and businesses. We need to include these fuels in order to assure both a better climate and a secure, reliable energy supply — at a price tag that doesn’t crush NY families.

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