Lifton Delivers Comments on the 2014 Draft State Energy Plan to NYSERDA

May 30, 2014

Albany, NY – Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-125) delivered comments on the 2014 Draft State Energy Plan to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today in a 4-page letter addressed to Chairman John Rhodes. Her comments focused on the newest information regarding climate change warnings, problematic emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases (GHG), the need for consistency with established state climate goals, and the importance of prioritizing renewable energy investments over continued development of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Lifton expressed concern about the need for New York to address climate change today, not in the future, based on recent information from the 2014 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, and the National Climate Assessment (NCA) indicating that negative impacts from climate change are already affecting the world, nation, and New York State.

“Only by establishing concrete actions and measurable targets to achieve a shift to renewable energy, while working to mitigate the negative effects to regions of the state dependent upon the existing GHG economy, will the Energy Plan be able to take a comprehensive, bold approach to position New York as a leader for the new economy of the next century,” Lifton said in her letter.

“The Energy Plan needs to avoid a large build out of infrastructure for fossil fuel usage, and move quickly to in-house renewable systems, creating jobs and becoming a world leader in green energy conservation technology in the process,” Lifton wrote.

Lifton cautioned that, “unless (methane) emissions are reduced immediately, temperatures are expected to increase to levels that will result in unstoppable feedback loops and greater emissions through, for example, melting of methane calthrates in the oceans, and thawing of the permafrost which has locked up vast amounts of greenhouse gases in the soil.”

Please click here to read the letter to Chairman Rhodes.