Lt. Governor Zuckerman’s Statement on the Global Warming Solutions Act
Today the Senate passed the Global Warming Solutions Act, a bill that would turn our climate pollution goals into requirements, mandating that Vermont takes the measurable steps necessary to hit those targets.
“The Global Warming Solutions Act is a good first step, but as I have stated many times, we need to make a major investment in climate crisis mitigation from affordable housing to broadband and weatherization to alternative energy,” said Lt. Governor Zuckerman. “Addressing the climate crisis strategically will result in creating good-paying jobs for Vermont workers that reduce our carbon emissions while addressing the disproportionate burden rural Vermonters face.”
The bill sets the target of a 26% reduction in climate pollution by 2025, and ultimately requires Vermont to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 through a combination of dramatic decreases in fossil fuel use, and substantial carbon sequestration through Vermont’s farms and forests.
Similar legislation has passed throughout much of the Northeast, including New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. And these laws work. In Massachusetts, for instance, climate pollution is down 23% over the last two decades – by contrast, in Vermont our emissions are up 16%.
For more information on the Global Warming Solutions Act, click here.