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Environmental advocates like Cuomo's pollution rules

A coalition of environmental groups is applauding new climate pollution rules introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The rules comes after the governor announced earlier this year he was committed to lowering the CO2 emissions cap on energy plants as part of efforts to fight climate change.

A coalition of the Environmental Advocates of New York, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Empire State Future, and Citizens Campaign for the Environment said in a statement, "We applaud Governor Cuomo for keeping his word and leading the rest of the country by example. His introduction of rules to reduce power plant emissions and to invest in clean, renewable energy is important as we work to ensure New York remains a responsible leader for our environment and economy in the years ahead.”

According to the coalition, the emissions cap, which is part of the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative coalition, has been essential in lowering the amount of pollutants in the air.

"Natural disasters have pummeled our state in recent years, often with new storms hitting before communities have had the chance to recover from the devastation of the last one," said the coalition. "The costs of these storms – whether in economic terms or in impacts on people’s lives – demonstrate that we cannot rest and must continue to set and pursue aggressive goals for fighting climate change."

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