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For Release: Friday, August 12, 2022

Statement from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and Climate Action Council Co-Chair Basil Seggos

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is nothing short of a historic and monumental achievement for America's battle against climate change, and it could not come at a more pivotal moment in our nation's history. I commend Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Speaker Pelosi, New York's Congressional delegation, and all members of Congress who worked tirelessly to get this done. This level of investment in climate is simply unprecedented and will enable President Biden to fulfill his bold vision for American leadership to address this crisis and opportunity. Importantly, the Act is a major boost for New York's leading climate efforts and will ensure all states and localities can help galvanize the clean energy economy. New York is extraordinarily well positioned to fast track these initiatives that will reduce the costs and burdens on energy consumers, secure protections and opportunities for disadvantaged communities, provide inflation relief to Americans and New Yorkers, all while reducing the nation's deficit. We look forward to working with President Biden and our partner states to advance these programs and continue to ensure a cleaner, greener environment for the future of our planet.

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