New York is currently the third-highest polluting state in the union, with each resident producing roughly eleven metric tons of carbon emissions each year. But thanks to the encouragement of environmental activists, including the Care2 community, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed the On-Bill Recovery plan last night. Now, New York may soon lead the nation in green jobs and energy efficiency programs.
Currently, commercial and industrial housing units account for more than 60 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. On-bill recovery will allow middle-class New Yorkers — in other words, the majority of homeowners — to retrofit their buildings in a way that would maximize energy efficiency.
This will amount to over $1 billion in homeowner savings and the creation of 60,000 jobs in the private sector. Plus, the on-bill recovery act will have the same impact on carbon reduction as removing 4.5 million cars from the road — a huge breakthrough!
Hopefully, we’ll see the rest of the United States following in New York’s footsteps. Until then, thank you for joining in the fight to reduce carbon emissions. Please continue taking action!
Photo of Andrew Cuomo from Patarnow‘s flickr stream.