We feel heartened to discover that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is taking Climate Change seriously. So, seriously in fact they will “incorporate climate change considerations in all aspects of its activities.” Given the state of environmental affairs around the world, you would think any rational and responsible person, business, branch of government, everyone would now think Climate Change and incorporate it into all our affairs—if we want future generations to have a future that is.
But, it is not written in stone yet. Here’s a chance for you to weigh in on this matter: “Pursuant to ECL §30301(2)(z), written comments regarding this proposed Commissioner Policy will be accepted until June 11, 2010. Comments should be submitted to David G. Barnet, NYS DEC - Commissioner's Policy Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1010 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposed Commissioner Policy is available by writing David G. Barnet at the address above or calling (518) 402-9234. A copy may also be found on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/65034.html . Contact: David G. Barnet, NYS DEC - Commissioner's Policy Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1010, Phone: (518) 402-9234, E-mail: email@example.com.”
ENB - Statewide Notices 05/12/2010 - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Notice of Availability of Proposed Commissioner Policy regarding Climate Change and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Action "Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has prepared a proposed Commissioner Policy on climate change and NYS DEC action. In order to perform its core mission of conserving, improving, and protecting New York's natural resources and environment, the policy directs NYS DEC staff, to the extent applicable and within their existing statutory and regulatory authority, to incorporate climate change considerations in all aspects of its activities, including but not limited to decision-making, planning, permitting, remediation, rulemaking, grants administration, natural resource management, enforcement, land stewardship and facilities management, internal operations, contracting, procurement, and public outreach and education. "