Vermont towns plan votes on climate change resolutions
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Some Vermont towns are coming together to vote on resolutions that address climate change.
The Times Argus reports the effort is being led by the grassroots organization 350Vermont. The 36 towns hope to help Vermont achieve its goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050.
Organizers are also supporting a bill introduced by Democratic state Rep. Mary Sullivan that would prohibit building new fossil fuel infrastructure, with the exception of projects certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Proponents say the bill would reduce emissions and could stop an extension of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline.
Town leaders say the resolutions are necessary because federal and state agencies aren’t addressing climate change fast enough. Organizers hope they can send a message to the Legislature.
Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/