7 December 2020
The 23 member VT Climate Council will hold their second meeting later this month. Created by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), the Council is required to develop a “Climate Action Plan” by December 2021. Under the GWSA, VT must show a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions over the next four years. If emissions don’t decline by at least 26% by 2025, anyone could sue the state. This emission reduction mandate aligns with a decade old energy policy to virtually eliminate all petroleum in Vermont. It’s possible that the Climate Council will put together a plan to subsidize electric cars and electric heat pumps and ask the legislature to pass a tax on oil and gas to pay for the program. They may also consider banning oil and gas heat in new construction. Go to vermontfuel.com/gwsa for more about the law.
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