As New Yorkers learned last year from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, the rising seas, super storms, and heat waves of climate change pose an existential threat to New York City. 350NYC is a group of climate activists committed to responding to this threat by reducing NYC’s contributions to climate disaster caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions, principally from carbon dioxide.

350NYC has three priorities for the 2013 election: increasing renewable energy use and energy efficiency, opposing destructive fossil fuel production practices such as hydrofracking, and above all, the divestment of New York City’s pension funds from fossil fuel companies.

The 2013 elections are crucial for NYC’s environmental priorities. Read the candidates responses and decide who you think is the best choice for tackling climate change. Candidates were asked to respond by mid-July 2013.

See our Press Release announcing that at least 30 candidates in the current NYC election support divesting the City’s pensions from fossil fuels. (Especially candidates in Manhattan’s District 6!) Most of the candidates supporting divestment are running for City Council. The divestment issue was included in the 13 Bold Progressive Ideas for NYC adopted by the Progressive Caucus of the City Council.

Report: Should NYC Divest?

Candidates Respond to Questions from 350NYC on Climate Change, Fracking, Renewable Energy, and Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Edition: Mayoral, Borough President, and Public Advocate Responses
Responding Candidates in this edition include Mayoral Candidate John Liu, Borough President Candidates Gale Brewer, Julie Menin, Peter Vallone, Lou Liedy, and Richard A. Luthmann, and Public Advocate Candidate James Lane.
Author: 350NYC
Link: 350 NYC Mayoral-Borough President-Pub Advocate Candidate Responses 2013 (pdf)
Produced in partnership with Occupy the Pipeline, CUNY Divest, Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline, United for Action, and the Sane Energy Project.

Individual Candidate Responses

CD 1 – Margaret Chin Response

CD 3 – Corey Johnson Response

CD 3 – Yetta Kurland Response

CD 5 – Ben Kallos Response

CD 5 – Ed Hartzog Response

CD 6 – Debra Cooper Response

CD 6 – Helen Rosenthal Response

CD 6 – Marc Landis Response

CD 6 – Mel Wymore Response

CD 6 – Tom Siracuse Response

CD 7 – Mark Otto Response

CD 8 – Gwen Goodwin Response

CD 8 – Melissa Mark Viverito Response

CD 10 – Cheryl Pahaham Response

CD 16 – Carlos Sierra Response

CD 16 – Pedro Alvarez Response

CD 17 – Julio Pabon response

CD 19 – John Duane Response

CD 19 – Austin Shafran Response

CD 19 – Paul Graziano Response

CD 24 – Andrea Veras Response

CD 35 – Olanike Alabi Response

CD 38 – Carlos Menchaca Response

CD 38 – Sara Gonzalez Response

CD 41 -Kathleen Daniel Response

CD 46 – Mercedes Narcisse Response

CD 47 – Todd Dobrin Response

CD 49 Debi Rose Response

Julie Menin Manhattan BP (1)

Manhattan Boro Pres – Gale Brewer Response

Mayoral Candidate – Bill Thompson Response

Mayoral Candidate – John Liu Reponse

Peter Vallone – Queens Boro Pres. Response

Public Advocate – James Lane Response

Staten Island Boro Pres – Lou Liedy Response

Staten Island Boro Pres – Richard A. Luthmann


[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/business/estimate-of-economic-losses-now-up-to-50-billion.html

[2] http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/sandy-cost-new-york-19bn-bloomberg-article-1.1208116

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