By Guy Page
Many Vermont Daily Chronicle readers have been asking how the pandemic has impacted Vermont climate change legislation. The short answer is that I have asked that question of at least one climate change-leading senator about the Senate’s COVID-19 era plans for Act 250 revision, Global Warming Solutions Act, Proposal 9, 100% renewables legislation, and the Transportation and Climate Initiative(TCI), and have not yet received an answer. But I’ll keep trying.
Safe to say the Legislature is only thinking COVID-19 right now. Too soon to say if or when that will change. The Senate plans to reconvene Tuesday but apparently only to address emergency climate change legislation passed a week ago Friday by the House.
It is interesting to note that Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus leaders Sen. Chris Pearson and Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas are asking the same question. On this March 13 video, beginning at 8 minutes 22 seconds, see them discuss the pandemic’s consequence on Vermont climate change policy.
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