"Our young people understand climate change is no longer up for debate - it's a reality based in science - and, like the State of New York, they are taking matters into their own hands to fight it. I commend the thousands of students who are participating in the Global Climate Strike today and demanding solutions to this crisis before it gets worse. This next generation of Americans will pay the price if the federal administration's inaction continues. Leaders in Washington need to finally step up and listen to the youth of the world and follow the lead of New York and other states.
"The existential threat of climate change is real. We just saw Hurricane Dorian tear through the Bahamas with sustained winds destroying whole towns. Today marks the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria and we have witnessed devastating fires in California and the Amazon, as well as seven feet of snow in Buffalo. Parts of our state are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy nearly seven years later.
"New York is already taking aggressive action to address this problem head-on. We made a nation-leading commitment to offshore wind, we are rapidly scaling up solar and energy storage and we are making our buildings more efficient. This summer I signed the most comprehensive and aggressive climate law in the country, and fulfilling its goals will create thousands of jobs and bring billions in economic investment to all corners of the state. The work is just beginning but it's accelerating and I am confident that the groundswell of excitement we are seeing today will support and enhance our efforts and help usher in a cleaner, greener future for generations to come."