Advocates, pols call for $15 billion of climate funding in state budget


Activists and legislators are pushing to include billions of dollars in the soon-to-be-due state budget for urgent resiliency projects, the likes of which could save imperiled low-lying areas of Brooklyn from catastrophic climate doom.

The $15 billion in climate funding advocates are calling for would put the state’s environmental spending for the coming fiscal year in line with the proposed Climate and Community Investment Act — so-named because it would effectively fund the goals laid out in the landmark 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act — which would potentially raise that sum annually by charging polluters a fee for each ton of carbon emitted.