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CAC: NY Climate Emissions from Buildings and Transportation are “Co-equal”, as are Emissions from Gas and Fuel Oil – On July 22nd the NY Climate Action Council, heard a presentation from the team working up the Council’s “integration analysis”. NYSERDA’s Carl Mas presented the impacts of the NY law (the Climate Leaderships & Community Protection Act-CLCPA) that defines the climate impact of various greenhouse gases. The first screen shot below is from a chart that was presented to the Council and shows their calculation that the climate impact of burning natural gas (215 lbs. CO2e/MMBTU) and fuel oil (219 lbs. CO2e/MMBTU) are essentially equal. Please note the tiny asterisked footnote, that puts gas emissions ahead of fuel oil at 235 lbs. when in-state gas infrastructure is included. The second chart shows that the Building (aka Heating) sector is now “co-equal” (Mas’ words) to the Transportation sector in its climate impact.