The Chair of the House Energy Committee says Vermont lacks a carbon reduction strategy. A bill he sponsored requires the State to meet stringent reduction goals and gives private citizens (including environmental groups) to right to sue the State if goals are not met.
"Although the bill would allow citizens to sue the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) if Vermont doesn’t hit its emission reduction targets, Gardner worries that won't be enough to hold lawmakers accountable, and the funding will be too unpopular.
Whatever emissions reduction plan ANR devises will require substantial new funding from future Legislatures. Briglin said lawmakers understand this. “There is no question that there’s going to be investment that will be involved in making this transition, no question at all,” Briglin said. The cost of inaction, he added, is far greater than whatever it will cost to meet the targets.
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