Lawmakers call for funding to remove carbon from the atmosphere
Efforts to remove carbon directly from the atmosphere would be funded under a measure proposed by MP Pat Fahy, along with provisions to reduce further carbon ingress into the environment.
The proposal was made as a key international climate change conference is being held in Scotland, aimed at countries around the world to negotiate ways to reduce the effects of global warming.
Fahy’s Bill supports state funding to bolster direct carbon removal efforts in New York City. The bill would also ban the use of any carbon removed during this program in the extraction of oil or gas.
It also does not allow the newly acquired carbon removal to be counted as part of an offset program.
“This law will not only reduce the legacy carbon already present in our atmosphere, it will also attract and stimulate the growth of new businesses, new jobs and new economic opportunities across the state,” Fahy said in a statement.
New York is already planning a transition to non-fossil energy sources in the coming decades and the eventual phase-out of gasoline-powered cars and trucks. At the same time, lawmakers are calling for measures to further protect the state from the effects of devastating storms attributed to climate change.
More recently, the remnants of a hurricane in the New York City area have seen widespread flooding and dozens of storm surge fatalities faster than expected.
The bill introduced by Fahy is intended to complement New York’s Changing Energy Sources Act, known as the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CLCPA.
“This bill refines the CLCPA – which allows for 15% carbon removal or offsets in statewide climate goals – by setting a clear preference for sustainable carbon removal over offsets.” of carbon, ”she said.