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. The legislation includes a goal for “the state of New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from all anthropogenic sources 100% over 1990 levels by the year 2050, with an incremental target of at least a 50 percent reduction in climate pollution by the year 2030”. This page provides links to posts on various aspects of the “most aggressive climate law in the United States
- Air Source Heat Pumps In New York April 2, 2019: In order to eliminate anthropogenic GHG emissions residential home heating has to be converted to electricity which is supposed to be generated by renewable wind and solar. This post looks at how that might play out.
- NYS Climate and Community Protection Act Rationale April 15, 2019: This post addresses the claims of increasing severity and frequency of impacts attributed to global warming in the CCPA rationale.
- How Much Will CCPA Affect Global Warming April 19 2019: The ultimate impact of the CCPA 100% reduction of 218.1 million metric tons on projected global temperature rise would be a reduction, or a “savings,” of approximately 0.0032°C by the year 2050 and 0.0067°C by the year 2100.
- Pragmatic Take on the Climate and Community Protection Act June 2, 2019: I have developed a set of principles that under lie my concerns about New York’s Climate and Community Protection Act because it exemplifies the opposite of a pragmatic approach to the problem of climate change.
- It is Worse than I Thought June 24, 2019: The science and the de-carbonization technology do not support this legislation but the media ignores reality and incites action.
- CLCPA Solar and Wind Capacity Requirements August 12, 2019: Even with unrealistic assumptions about the availability of solar and wind capacity, there are periods with significant deficits that must be addressed to keep the electric system reliable.
- CLCPA Energy Storage Requirements August 20, 2019: In order to cover the deficit of energy produced by solar and wind resources at an aggressive level over current on-shore wind and proposed CLCPA solar and wind $12.5 billion dollars of energy storage will be required to replace existing fossil generation and Indian Point.