LeBrun: With Trump’s EPA pick, New York is on its own for environmental protection – Times Union

Trump’s picks for Cabinet posts range from bad to worse, featuring crackpot generals, climate change disbelievers, Wall Street hucksters and a gaggle of inexperienced big political donors who now will be rewarded for those checks by running our government. Which brings us to the only credible answer for New York’s environmental protection during at least the first two years of Trump’s administration, until the mid-term election. Gone will be a Judith Enck coming up from New York City, where she is the EPA’s regional administrator until Jan. 20, to give hope and clarity to the victimized residents of Hoosick Falls over polluted drinking water, or bring news of an enforcement action against crude oil storage facilities and air monitoring to the residents of the Ezra Prentice homes alongside the Port of Albany. In Cuomo’s favor is his embracing one of the most ambitious and progressive energy plans in the nation, one scheduled to reduce greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050, and that will ultimately mandate a complete break from fossil fuels. […] is Cuomo really ready for the next chapter of Oilbany? Because it’s coming. […] cross fingers that by the time the Alberta sands come rolling in, we’ve got it right. Because with Trump’s EPA, nobody will have our back.

Source: LeBrun: With Trump’s EPA pick, New York is on its own for environmental protection – Times Union

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