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Experts Call Obama A "Sea Change” for NY Environment

November 5, 2008

New York, NY — From fighting climate change to protecting New York's multimillion dollar fishing industry, energy experts and environmental advocates say the Empire State has plenty to gain from the election of Barack Obama.

Dr. David Conover, Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University says an Obama administration is more likely to take on long-range planning for pressing issues, including the rising sea levels that already threaten New York's coastal communities.

"Having an administration that actually understands that we have to start solving problems and not denying that they exist, is going to be a sea change — really, I think, in our outlook on the environment."

Conover says New York waters have experienced serious declines in everything from lobsters to sea scallops, and he believes the new administration is more likely to take a serious, holistic approach to the problem. However, critics point out that the financial crisis may force Obama to delay or scrap some new environmental programs altogether.

Rob Moore, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York, predicts Obama's support for clean energy standards and greater federal investment in renewable energy means New York should end up with thousands more green jobs.

"About 42,000 jobs could be created just in the green energy sector alone. If you start looking at other areas, a lot of energy efficiency retrofits could be done in residential and commercial buildings. That would also put people to work and, at the same time, save consumers money. It's a real win-win situation for New York."

Moore says Obama will likely have to revitalize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in much the same way Governors Spitzer and Paterson moved to rebuild New York's Department of Environmental Conservation following the agency's downsizing under Republican rule.

Michael Clifford/Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY