Office of Lt. Governor David Zuckerman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9th, 2023
Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor
NEWS: Lt. Governor Zuckerman Statement on Veto Override of the Affordable Heat Bill
MONTPELIER, Vt: On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Zuckerman released the following statement after the Senate voted to override Gov. Scott’s veto of S.5:
“When we passed the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2020, we committed ourselves to finding ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and lessen Vermont’s role in the continued warming of the planet. We have seen more than enough data to know that the changing climate is the consequence of our own actions, and that if we continue our current trajectory then we will see more and more disastrous effects. We know the ski season is already being impacted as is our iconic maple season. These impacts will negatively impact our economy and our culture.
“The Senate has taken the right step in voting to override the Governor’s veto. Inaction in the face of a crisis is not an option. The crisis is already happening. Waiting and putting the responsibility to fix the climate on the shoulders of future generations is not acceptable. Though I know that this bill is not perfect, compromises were made on all sides. If enacted, in two years, it will strike a balance between making clean heat affordable and accessible to everyday Vermonters and taking bold steps to reduce our state’s greenhouse gas emissions.”