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Spitzer's "One New York" Ties Environmental and Economic Concerns

January 4, 2007


Environmentalists are echoing Governor Elliot Spitzer's call for "One New York." Rob Moore with Environmental Advocates of New York says the Governor's first State of the State message yesterday went beyond recognizing the need to work for all geographic sectors of the state, by tying economic concerns to environmental concerns.

"We are not going to rejuvenate the upstate economy unless we do it in a way that is powered by clean energy; he couldn't have said that more clearly in the vision that he laid out."

Spitzer's State of the State came during an unseasonably warm day for January, and Moore notes the Governor made it clear he intends to expand the scope of the regional pact to combat global warming.

"What we think that means is expanding it beyond just the power plants to include other sectors of our economy. That can be manufacturing facilities, cement kilns, other types of very large sources of the pollution that produces climate change."

In a sneak preview of his budget plans, Moore believes Governor Spitzer made it clear that he intends to protect New York's drinking water and air quality.

"The best news is the preview we got on the budget regarding the Environmental Protection Fund and the increase in staffing at the Department of Environmental Conservation; we've lost over 800 scientists, engineers and enforcement officials at that agency over the last decade."

Moore believes one of the cheapest ways New York can curb energy costs is to decrease demand, and he says Governor Spitzer took a major step by committing to investments to make state operations more energy efficient.

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY