The Republican held state legislature in Maine recently passed a law to reduce its oil use by 30% by the year 2030 and 50% by the year 2050. Considering Maine is the fourth most oil-dependant state in the nation, they've got quite a challenge ahead of them. But by doing this, they send a loud and clear message to other states that it is possible to improve our environment by sacrificing our addiction to oil.
The National Resource Defence Council says that "the options Efficiency Maine Trust will consider are shifting freight from trucks to rail and marine transport, using more electric vehicles, weatherizing homes and offices, using more renewable sources for heating and offering rebates to consumers to retire old cars and trucks." This is a great step in the right direction. Environment America has some great suggestions that if followed nationwide could lead to reducing " its oil use for energy by 1.9 billion barrels of oil a year by 2030."
Contact your local representative and tell them that you'd like to see New York take on this challenge.