Three Days Before Bloomberg, Spitzer Announces an Environmental Plan

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Spitzer at the Second Avenue Subway groundbreaking last week. Photo: Getty Images

In the run-up to Earth Day — and, gosh, it's beginning to feel like an actual holiday — the political talk in New York has turned an emerald shade of green. Mayor Bloomberg will unleash his vision of the city's next 25 years on Sunday, so Governor Spitzer scooped him a bit yesterday. Spitzer outlined the centerpiece of his plan, lowering the state's energy demand instead of spending money to meet it, to "1,100 business executives" at a Crain's breakfast forum. (How much carbon was released by 1,100 limos idling outside?) Spitzer's plan, "15 by 15" (as in a 15 percent cut in emissions by 2015) has the distinction of being the nation's most aggressive, besting even California. What's interesting is that the state's energy use is projected to increase by the same 15 percent between now and then, which means the task is basically keeping it level while continuing to build. Early reactions indicate that the plan managed to please environmentalists without repulsing capitalists, a neat feat in itself; it also dovetails rather beautifully with Mayor Bloomberg's central wish-list item — a 30 percent reduction by the year 2030. Emission-free by 2100, anyone?

Spitzer Outlines Aggressive Energy Plan [Crain's]