Washington, 20 June — A bill to slash greenhouse gas emissions in New York, potentially by creating only the second economy-wide cap-and-trade program in the US, died in the state Senate without a vote.
The ambitious legislation, which did not advance out of committee, would have required the state to achieve zero emissions by 2050 and to get half of its electricity from renewables by 2030. It would have effectively put into law and expanded on proposals supported by governor Andrew Cuomo (D).
The Assembly, which Democrats lead, had approved the bill, A10342 , earlier this month by a 96-43 vote. Environmentalists said the bill also had enough support to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, but it was not called up for a vote before the legislature ended its session over the weekend