In New York and across the country, major insurers have stakes in both sides of the climate crisis. Photo: CSondi / Flickr | Illustration: Colin Kinniburgh
As climate disasters threaten a home insurance crisis, a new state bill aims at the problem’s root.
By Colin Kinniburgh and Julia Rock

In New York and across the country, insurers like Liberty Mutual, State Farm, and Allstate, among others, have stakes in both sides of the climate crisis. They have pared back coverage and hiked rates by more than 30 percent since 2019, in large part because the increasing frequency of storms and other extreme weather events is making damage to homes even costlier. And many of them have also been investing customer premiums in oil and gas and underwriting fossil fuel projects.

A new bill in New York aims to stop them. It was introduced late in the legislative session, which ended last week, and proponents knew it wouldn’t immediately advance, but they hope to pass it next year.

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Traffic in lower Manhattan is the slowest the city has ever recorded. Wikimedia Commons
The constant gridlock is a major drag on Manhattan’s businesses, and source of frustration for commuters. And it's never been so bad.
By Sam Mellins and Colin Kinniburgh

Traffic in Manhattan has never been this bad. Relief was on its way — but like an ambulance stranded behind a double-parked truck, it’s been stopped in its tracks.

Governor Kathy Hochul’s last-minute decision to pause congestion pricing has dimmed hopes of reducing traffic in the perpetually gridlocked streets of lower Manhattan. Traffic speeds there have plunged to the slowest ever recorded, according to longtime traffic guru Sam Schwartz.

A secret group of Senate Democrats helped decide the fate of nearly 650 bills over the last month. New York Focus Albany Bureau Chief Chris Bragg and Senior Reporter Sam Mellins shared their reporting on Working Rules group with Radio Catskill. 

Plus: listen to the end to hear Sam talk about congestion pricing.


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