New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday joined government leaders worldwide in signing an agreement to help combat global warming and keep the Earth’s average temperature from rising dangerously.
The Under Two MOU, a memorandum of understanding signed by more than three dozen government leaders, affirmed New York’s commitment to helping keep the Earth’s average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius and committed the state to working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions about 40 percent by 2030. Cuomo said he hoped New York would be able to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by then.
“Climate change is an issue of society’s sustainability. To deny that climate change is real is to defy reason … denial is not a survival strategy,” Cuomo told an audience of a few hundred people at Columbia University before signing the agreement.
The memo comes ahead of the United Nations’ climate negotiations in Paris in December. Former vice president and environmentalist Al Gore sat next to Cuomo on stage. He said he hoped New York’s commitment would send a strong signal to world leaders and encourage others to make the same pledge.
Cuomo said to ignore climate change “is gross negligence by government and irresponsible as citizens.” He reaffirmed New York’s commitment to address global warming and climate change amid projections showing a rising sea level that could eventually wipe out parts of the state.
“Current projections estimate that sea levels will rise 1 to 4 feet by 2100,” the governor said. “If that is true, New York State would be devastated, it’s that simple. Even at a fraction of that rise, Manhattan as we know it would be gone.”
Every single statement by Cuomo goes beyond the pale of idiocy. Seventy-five percent of New York’s energy usage comes from fossil fuels. Only one percent from wind and solar. They aren’t increasing nuclear. They can’t increase hydro. The only way they can get to 50% is by freezing millions of New Yorkers to death, after their coldest winter on record in 2014/2015.
Sea level at Manhattan has been rising at the same rate (2.8mm/year) since Lincoln was president. It is mainly due to land subsidence, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. It will take over 400 years for sea level to rise four feet there.
In 1988, NASA’s top scientist predicted Manhattan would be underwater by now. Sea level at Manhattan has only risen an inch or two since Hansen made that brainless forecast.
The occurrence of hot weather in New York has been declining since the 19th century.
Global temperatures have been declining since the beginning of the 21st century. It is barking madness to be discussing a two degree rise in temperature.
Our governments are run by criminals, idiots and liars.