New York Governor Andrew Cuomo penned an op-ed in today’s Daily News titled, “We Will Lead On Climate Change,” promising greater action to address the devastating effects of climate change.
Governor Cuomo’s rousing call to action - set against the sober backdrop of Hurricane Sandy’s unprecedented destruction - not only reaffirms the realities of climate change, but also outlines a blueprint of proactive and pragmatic steps he’ll take to ensure New York is more prepared to endure extreme weather in the future:
Extreme weather is the new normal. In the past two years, we have had two storms, each with the odds of a 100-year occurrence. Debating why does not lead to solutions — it leads to gridlock. The denial and deliberation from extremists on both sides about the causes of climate change are distracting us from addressing its inarguable effects. Recent events demand that we get serious once and for all.
We need to act, not simply react.
Time and again, we pushed boundaries and broke records. We have been tested before, and we have always risen to the challenge. We will not allow the national paralysis over climate change to stop us from pursuing the necessary path for the future.
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