Updates from the Vermont Legislative Climate Solutions Caucus

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Gov. Scott Vetoes Global Warming Solutions Act

On September 15, Gov. Scott vetoed the GWSA. The legislation will now return to the House for a vote to overturn the veto.

The GWSA passed a final reading in the Senate on 6/26 with a 23-5 vote. The bill will now be sent to the House for final review and then sent to Gov. Scott. A big thank you to everyone for all your work and energy in voicing your support for this critical bill. To view the official bill as passed by the House, click here. To view the Senate’s proposed amendments, click here.

The Legislative members of the caucus met virtually for the first time to discuss pathways forward for economic recovery and climate resilience. To watch the whole meeting click on the screenshot!

Sen. Chris Pearson on The Dave Gram Show – From the State House

Dave discusses an important mid-session deadline, COVID-19, and talks with Sen. Pearson (1:05:35) about renewable energy and S.267 – a bill that would get Vermont to 100% renewable electricity generation by 2030.

Energy Action Network 2019 Annual Progress Report

The Energy Action Network (EAN) produces an annual analysis of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy development, and emissions reductions goals. This year, they provide an in-depth analysis on a pathway forward that would transition Vermont away from fossil fuels while diversifying its energy portfolio and boosting the economy. Download the full report or read a summary of the “Key Findings” here.

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Public Meetings

The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) held several public meetings over the past two months to receive feedback on TCI. If you were not able to attend any of the meetings and want to know more about TCI or provide feedback, click here.

Climate Caucus Roadshow

Prior to the current legislative session, the Climate Solutions Caucus embarked on a roadshow tour of Vermont with the goal of engaging communities on their legislative priorities. If you were not able to attend any of them, Bob the Green Guy filmed several of them and they can be found here. To see a list of priority legislation and to stay updated on their status in the State House, check the legislation page.