Gov. Andrew Cuomo flanked by former Vice Preisdent Al Gore on Friday moved to request that the federal government exempt New York-area waters from off-shore drilling.

The announcement, made at New York University, was packaged with a plan to spend $1.4 billion on renewable energy in New York, moving forward with 26 renewable energy projects in the state.

“Instead of protecting our waters from another oil spill, like the one that devastated the Gulf, this new federal plan only increases the chances of another disaster taking place,” Cuomo said.

“This is a total disregard for science, reality, and history, and their actions defy everything we know. We believe the future is a clean energy economy and New York is going to lead a counter-movement to what this administration is doing to the environment and illuminate the path forward.”

If approved, New York would be exempt from a five-year program from the federal government that seeks to make up to 90 percent of the country’s off-shore areas open to gas and oil development. Under the current plan, two areas along the North Atlantic coast next to New York state would be open to energy exploration and development.

A previous exclusion was announced for Florida in part because of the state’s heavy reliance on the tourism industry.

Cuomo, of course, worked with Gore in the Clinton administration. Gore in his post-vice presidency has become an advocate for combating climate change, praised the move.

“What you just heard from Governor Cuomo is magnificent demonstration of leadership on the environment,” he said.

“You might expect me in a circumstance like this to lay it on thick a little bit, but I want you to know that this is really and truly a heartfelt, and what I’m about to say I want you to really take to heart. He has done what I would dream every Governor would do. And you know this is a tough political environment.”