Our Policy Platform
Climate change is a generational justice issue. If New York fails to address the climate crisis quickly, comprehensively, and equitably, our generation and future generations to come will suffer the consequences. For this reason, we demand that our state accelerate its response to climate change. To this end, we demand the following:
The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) end their financial support of the fossil fuel industry by divesting all assets from companies involved with fossil fuel production. The New York State legislature should pass the Teachers’ Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (S4783A/A6331A) in order to mandate that NYSTRS divest from fossil fuel stocks.
No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Public Service Commission halt the expansion and permitting of all fossil fuel infrastructure within New York State. The New York State legislature ought to pass the Clean Futures Act (S5939A/A6761A) to prohibit the development of new fossil fuel power plants in our state.
Tax the 1%
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature end their repeated reliance on austerity and instead raise taxes on the top 1% of New York earners to not only support programs that millions of New Yorkers depend on including education and public housing, but also fund the ambitious targets of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. These include the expansion of renewable energy infrastructure such as solar panels and wind turbines, retrofitting old buildings to be energy efficient and expanding public transportation, especially in Upstate New York.
End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
The immediate end of state fossil fuel subsidies, including but not limited to the passage of S4816/A6882, which would eliminate $334 million of annual fossil fuel tax expenditures.
Environmental Rights Amendment
The passage and ratification of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the New York State Constitution, which would guarantee every New Yorker the “right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment."
New York Health Act
The passage of the New York Health Act (A6058 /S5474 ), which would establish a single-payer healthcare system in our state, providing each and every New Yorker with quality, reliable and equitable healthcare so that no New Yorker is un- or underinsured.
Climate and Community Investment Act
The passage of the Climate and Community Investment Act (S4264A/A6967) which would penalize big polluters for their role in causing the climate crisis by making them compensate our state. Revenues raised from this bill will ensure a rapid and just transition off of fossil fuels.