KEVIN CAHILL is running against an unqualified candidate from the Democratic Socialists of America who is someone with no elective office experience and only lofty rhetoric to run on.  Kevin is one of the most powerful, experienced, and accomplished members of the State Assembly.  Losing him to a person with no relevant experience would be tragedy.  Please come out to vote and VOTE CAHILL.

Here are Cahill’s answers to questions from a reporter on his environmental record:

Hello Ms. Harris.

Below are the responses to your questions you posed on behalf of The River/Chronogram.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.

Kevin Cahill

Why didn’t you cosponsor the Build Public Renewables Act? 

A Co-Sponsorship is not the sole watermark of support.  Those who would make the contrary argument are advancing a diversionary, uninformed or deceptive view of how legislative processes work.  I have supported, continue to consistently support and been a strong advocate for measures without my name formally listed on the bill.

Regarding this specific bill, in addition to publicly supporting it, I registered my support with Assembly leadership and urged passage.  I note, however, the changes made to the Senate version of the legislation (but not to the Assembly version) addressed many of the objections of, particularly, Organized Labor.

No bill is perfect and whatever flaws exist in this legislation could surely have been addressed as the bill moved in the process.  I look forward to continuing to help  advance this legislation when the Assembly reconvenes.

Why didn’t you cosponsor the All Electric Building Act? This was a pretty clear recommendation in the CAC’s draft scoping plan, so for this one also: Can NYS meet its CLCPA targets without electrifying new construction in 2024? 

A: Sponsorship is not the only means to demonstrate support for a measure, it is often not even the best way.  There are many bills in the state legislature with more than enough co-sponsors to assure passage if those co-sponsors followed through with an affirmative vote, yet they do not pass.  Co-sponsorship, support and the success of a particular piece of legislation are not synonymous.

I support the All Electric Building Act.  I believe it should be the law of our land.  However, there are also several other significant ways in which New York State can readily achieve the goals set forth by the CLCPA, including the Climate and Community Investment Act, which I authored and introduced.   Among other provisions, the legislation will establish a tax on carbon emissions, fund New York’s climate agenda and ensure that communities disproportionately impacted by climate change do not bear the brunt of a warming planet.

I will note, on the subject of sponsorship, that the CCIA has gathered almost 60 co-sponsors since its introduction in April of last year.  There is real momentum surrounding the CCIA in both the legislature and environmental advocacy communities.  I expect support to continue and grow.

Any comment on your Yes vote on the crypto moratorium bill? 

A:  The legislature did not vote to create a moratorium on cryptocurrency.  Instead, the measure called for a two year moratorium on the acquisition of fossil fuel power plants by entities for the purpose of carrying out  “proof of work” procedures in the digital mining for cryptocurrency.  Proof of work mining is the most energy intensive and environmentally dangerous way to develop crypto resources.  Additional means are available that will not turn the clock back on the significant gains New York has made in cleaning up our energy supply.   Indeed, while there is more to do, allowing private parties to repower dormant plants, spewing noxious poisons into our air would only reverse gains already made and further delay our goal of a carbon and greenhouse gas free future.

Climate is emerging as a major issue in the Democratic primary for your district. How do you plan to address climate problems if you win re-election?

A: The Hudson Valley is the birthplace of the American Environmental Movement and I have consistently sought to live up to the model set forth by the great environmentalists that have called our communities home including John Burroughs, Pete Seeger and our late Congressman, Maurice Hinchey.

Long before the State Legislature drew a line in the sand with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, I was working to reduce and eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel.  I helped start the Green Jobs program in this state.  I authored the legislation that expanded residential net metering, made weatherization and conservation measures available to residents, farms and small businesses and helped close dangerous power plants across the state.

I was a supporter (co-sponsor) of the CLCPA and have, since its enactment, supported numerous bills to advance the goals.  I also support the work of the Climate Action Council, as they gather information across New York State from experts and concerned residents in order to shape our long term climate action plan.  I note too that in addition to the Climate and Community Investment Act, I am the author of nearly a dozen bills which would move our state forward in reducing energy consumption, eliminate the state’s subsidy of unnecessary fossil fuel expenditures and ensure permanent access to clean air and drinking water that continue to garner more support from my colleagues each year.

    • A.77 –   Establishes a tax on Carbon based fuel.
    • A.225 – Requires the governor’s tax expenditure reporting to include an enumeration of all fossil fuel related tax expenditures .
    • A.290 – Establishes a green development neighborhood tax exemption .
    • A.535 – Enacts the “New York grid modernization act.”
    • A.587 – Establishes the qualified solar manufacturer facilities and operations credit.
    • A.873a – Allows for Utility Intervenor Reimbursement.
    • A.1315 – Establishes New York state renewable electric generation pilot programs.
    • A.6967 – Climate and Community Investment Act.
    • A.8483 – Relates to economic development projects involving the use of fossil fuels; relates to tax on sales of motor fuel and petroleum products.
    • A.8668a – Expands and Modernizes the Returnable Beverage Container Law.