Sustainable Flatbush has just endorsed a new report on NYC energy policy and climate change response from Sierra Club NYC Group. The report praises PlaNYC while declaring that we need to go much further in order to address the increasing pace of climate change along with energy volatility:
Government sustainability initiatives may have greater success when framed as responses to energy volatility than to climate change. In the short term, expanding capacity margins through energy conservation will make the City more resilient to volatility, while expediting PlaNYC initiatives. In the long term, we need to push discussion far past PlaNYCâ€™s current goals, and start building a post-petroleum economy now.
The good news is that a national project to make clean energy cheap can restore domestic manufacturing, create millions of jobs that canâ€™t be outsourced, and stimulate the economy, while improving our quality of life and mitigating climate change. New York Cityâ€™s leadership can help make such policy actions a reality, while ensuring a better future for our citizens. What’s the next step for New York City?
Here’s a link to the summary version (the whole report is 50 pages long!).