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Advocacy Alert: Climate Crunch Time

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March 1, 2023

With just five weeks to go until the state budget is finalized, time is running out to sound the alarm about the Governor’s energy and climate proposals.

In her Executive Budget, Governor Hochul proposed a ban on natural gas. Under the proposal, natural gas hookups would be banned in new construction beginning in 2025. In 2030, new gas-powered building systems and appliances would be banned in existing buildings. This proposal will make building and powering new buildings significantly more expensive, and also add a major load demand onto a power grid that already faces thin reliability margins.

Hochul also proposed a “cap-and-invest” system. Through cap-and-invest, the state will set annual limits on statewide carbon emissions, which will decline each year. Through auctions, “large-scale emitters” will be required to purchase “emissions allowances.” This proposal would add tremendous costs onto employers, and pose a particular burden to smaller businesses as they try to outbid larger competitors.

The BNP has been vocal about this issue for years. To respond to this plan, the BNP has:

However, despite 71% of upstate residents opposing the gas ban proposal, the state is still poised to enact it

Use and share the BNP’s tool to tell Albany: keep energy affordable and reliable, and do not pass a budget that includes a gas ban or cap-and-invest system.

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