GOP Lawmaker Key in Passing $5 Billion NY Green Building and Jobs Bill

"In a little-noticed vote late last Friday, the New York Senate passed a groundbreaking measure that will leverage $112 million of proceeds from carbon auctions to kick-start a state-wide $5 billion energy efficiency effort that will pay for itself.

Called the Green Job/Green New York Act, the measure will finance upfront costs for one million homeowners to weatherize their houses, and let them repay the loans from the energy savings realized over time. The act, which makes funding available for job training, is also expected to create up to 16,000 new jobs.

What makes the green victory especially unusual and significant is that it was made possible by state Sen. Thomas Morahan, a Republican who bucked his party to support the bill, opening the gates for a flood of bipartisan votes for passage."

David Sassoon reports for SolveClimate September 14, 2009.

Monday, September 14, 2009