Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a plan to turn New York State away from its current reliance on fossil fuels into a more energy-efficient state. Cuomo said the plan includes a racial equity component to address decades of environmental racism in Black and Brown communities.
This type of racism, he said, contributes to health disparities which have been compounded by the pandemic.
“The same has been true for environmental injustice. Communities of color have borne the brunt of dirty power plants and harmful emission,” Cuomo said. “This has led to higher rates of asthma and other adverse health effects, many of these effects actually were the causes of the increased death rates from COVID. Our green economy must also work for people of color.”
Cuomo said his green energy plan will also meet the goals of the state’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise Inclusion Measures. All told, Cuomo anticipates the green energy economy to directly create 50,000 jobs and trigger $29 billion in private investment.