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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,12:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

AG Schneiderman Commends EPA's Landmark Proposal To Cut Climate Change Pollution From Existing Power Plants

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The proposed Clean Air Act rules would limit emissions of climate change pollution by existing fossil-fuel power plants.

New York, NY - June 2, 2014 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of proposed Clean Air Act rules limiting emissions of climate change pollution by existing fossil-fuel power plants:  
 
“Climate change poses a real and present danger to the people, environment, and economy of New York. I commend President Obama for recognizing the unprecedented threat of climate change and acting decisively on the Clean Air Act’s legal mandate that greenhouse gas pollutants be controlled. Today’s landmark proposal would – for the first time – limit climate change pollution from the nation’s single largest source, existing fossil-fueled power plants. It would also leverage state-proven methods of cutting climate change pollution by offering states and power companies flexibility in fashioning strategies to achieve needed reductions. I look forward to continuing to fight for the health and welfare of New Yorkers by supporting this and other fair, sensible, and necessary actions to combat climate change.”   
 
Background           
 
Climate change, and its substantial threat to the environment, public health and the economy, is well-established. Recent national and international scientific reports have documented human activities as the primary cause of climate change, as well as the profound impacts that this change has had – and will increasingly have – on our environment, including summer heat waves, rising sea levels, and increasingly severe storms.  
 
The power of Hurricane Sandy provides a stark example of the devastation wrought by severe storms: 147 deaths, at least 650,000 homes damaged or destroyed and approximately 8.5 million families left without power.  The extended power outages and other infrastructure failures in the New York City metropolitan area alone were estimated to cause between $30 billion and $50 billion dollars in lost economic activity. While no single storm can be definitively attributed to climate change, Sandy is a testament to the tremendous impact that more powerful and destructive storms can wreak on our communities.
 
Hotter temperatures resulting from increasing climate change will also lead to more smog – air pollution that is already threatening the health of millions of New Yorkers.           
 
Attorney General Schneiderman’s Leadership Role in Today’s Announcement
 
In March 2011, Attorney General Schneiderman, leading a coalition of states and cities, reached final settlement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 2006 action brought over EPA’s failure to set limits on emissions of climate change pollution from power plants.  The settlement of New York v. EPA resulted in a schedule for EPA to set these limits, leading to EPA’s proposal in September 2013 to limit climate change pollution from new power plants and the proposal announced by President Obama today to limit emissions of this pollution by existing power plants.  
 
The U.S. Supreme Court cited EPA’s commitment in the 2011 settlement with Attorney General Schneiderman and his coalition in American Electric Power v. Connecticut, a case brought by New York and other states against the nation’s largest power companies.  In that case, the Court specifically recognized EPA’s authority and responsibility under the Clean Air Act to curb power plant greenhouse gas emissions that endanger public health or welfare.  Along with the limits EPA proposed in September 2013 for new power plants, today’s proposal for limiting emissions from existing power plants moves EPA towards fulfilling its obligations under the Clean Air Act.
 
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: New York’s Successful Model for Cutting Power Plant Climate Change Pollution 
 
Since 2008, New York State and a group of Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states have participated in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based approach to reducing emissions of climate change pollution from fossil-fuel fired power plants – which, in New York, account for roughly one-fifth of all such pollution generated in the state.  
 
RGGI is a “carbon trading” program, under which power plant emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are capped, plants must obtain sufficient emission allowances to cover their current emissions, and plants that reduce these emissions may sell “excess” allowances to other power companies.  Proceeds from auctions of these allowances support renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other climate change pollution reduction and climate protection efforts in New York.   
 
RGGI is a national model of how climate change pollution can be cut effectively – and with substantial economic benefits. A study conducted by the independent economic consulting firm Analysis Group concluded that RGGI added $1.6 billion to the economies, and 16,000 new jobs, in the participating states. The study also projected that RGGI will provide consumers in these states with $1.3 billion in savings on their electric bills over the next decade through energy efficiency measures using funds generated by the program.
 
Attorney General Schneiderman successfully defended the RGGI program from legal attack earlier this year in state court. 

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