The Climate Caucus of the Vermont Legislature Monday night at Sterling College in Craftsbury discussed its aggressive, expensive plan to require the statewide reduction of all carbon emissions by 75% over the next 30 years. True North Reports reporter Michael Bielawski was there.
"[Bradford Rep Sarah] Copeland-Hanzas singled out the Global Warming Solutions Act as what she will be pushing the next legislative session.“ That is a bill that is modeled after a law that was passed in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island,” she said. “It basically would take our goals, our Paris [Climate Accord] goals, in the short term because Gov. Scott said we will meet our Paris climate goals.” She said long term goals would be even more ambitious. “The fact of the matter is we are still falling behind and that’s because these are aspirations, they are not requirements,” Copeland-Hanzas said. Hardwick Electric board member Gina Campoli, who was a member of the audience, asked about the cost of pursuing the agenda proposed by the lawmakers. The question is how do you raise money to fund this stuff?” she said.Copeland-Hanzas admitted that money is a challenge. “If we had the magic answer to that we would already be meeting our goals,” she said. ” … The Global Warming Solutions Act will require us to figure out how to find that money because it will say ‘these are your goals, they are now in statute, and we need to design programs to meet those goals.'”"
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