Vermont’s New Governor: Pledge to Take Bold Climate Action in Your First 100 Days
As Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says, “Climate change is real, is caused by human activity and is already causing devastating problems in the United States and around the world. And, [scientists] tell us, if we do not act boldly the situation will only become much worse in years to come in terms of drought, floods, extreme storms and acidification of the oceans.”*
We owe it to our children and grandchildren to do our part to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and make the transition to a low-carbon economy. This transition will be essential in Vermont and around the planet as we try to reduce the threat – and significant costs – of increasingly destructive weather events like Tropical Storm Irene and other negative impacts of climate change.
The State of Vermont has taken some positive steps, including enacting an innovative Renewable Energy Standard in 2015, but our current policies alone won’t get us to our state energy goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050.
As Vermont’s next Governor, we’re asking you to come out in your first hundred days in office to outline additional steps your administration will support and advocate for to cut our dependence on fossil fuels and help Vermonters take our energy future into our own hands.