NY set to adopt landmark emission reduction goal

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New York would adopt some of the nation’s most aggressive emission reduction goals under legislation set for a vote in the state Legislature.

Under the proposal, New York would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 and allocate funds for communities hit hard by climate change.

Environmental advocates say the targets will put the state at the forefront of efforts to reduce fossil fuels, increase energy efficiency and expand renewable sources like solar and wind.

The bill could get a vote as soon as late Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it the nation’s best plan to address the causes of climate change.

Cuomo has already set ambitious emission reduction targets, but the bill would put them in state law, making it harder for future administrations to weaken.

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