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Urge your Representative to vote YES on the Global Warming Solutions Act!

Make your voice heard! Tell your Representative(s) to vote YES on the Global Warming Solutions Act, H.688 — call the State House to leave a message for your Representative(s) at 802-828-2228 or send them a personal email.

The bill passed out of the House Energy & Technology Committee 7-2, and will be headed to the House floor soon – so your Reps need to hear from you today!

The climate crisis is here, and it is already affecting Vermonters’ quality of life and pocketbooks. Below, find a brief summary of this bill – our top priority climate policy for the 2020 legislative session. 

A Vermont “Global Warming Solutions Act”

The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) is an effective path to cut climate pollution and build resilient communities in Vermont.

Why Do We Need It?

Climate change and its effects—severe storms, punishing heat waves, growing tick populations—are here now, affecting the lives and livelihoods of Vermonters. Climate-damaging emissions have gone up 13% in Vermont since 1990, when they should be decreasing instead. Vermont has a responsibility to do our part to avoid catastrophic damage. Cutting climate pollution and creating resilient communities also has significant economic, public health, and environmental benefits for Vermonters.

 

What Will It Do?

This bill transforms our existing emission reduction goals into requirements. It establishes a Vermont Climate Council and directs the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to put regulations and policies in place to achieve the required cuts and build the resilience of Vermont communities and natural systems.

In doing so, it fosters innovation and resilience. The bill requires climate solutions that reduce energy burdens for rural and marginalized communities, build rural resilience, and promote the use of natural and working lands to capture and store carbon. It also creates a framework for ongoing climate action.

How Will It Succeed?

The GWSA builds on the success of other New England states that have cut climate pollution while growing their economies. The bill ensures that Vermont takes coordinated and strategic action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and build climate resilient communities. It also allows Vermonters to hold the state accountable to ensure real action is taken to reduce our state’s polluting emissions.

 

Make your voice heard! Tell your Representative(s) to vote YES for the Global Warming Solutions Act, H.688. You can call the State House to leave a message for your Representative at 802-828-2228 Tues-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm; or send them a personal email (click here to find your Reps and their contact info).

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