On April 8, 2022, Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, testified before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee regarding the problems with H.715, the “clean heat standard.”
“I have a very good knowledge of how this bill came about and how the Climate Council has operated. I will observe that the process was extremely rushed. Nobody on the council had seen the full report 12 hours before it was presented to the meeting where it had to be voted on. … My general observation is the Climate Council has no accountability process and, Senator Campion, I happened to by the accident of YouTube see a video of you asking questions two years ago about ‘shouldn’t we have some accountability before the plan is adopted, shouldn’t we vote on it?’ You were asking extremely good questions and you were told no. I think the legislature needs to revisit the Global Warming Solutions Act and expand the narrow priority of the emissions reduction. Any representation that the language in the Climate Action Plan is fully supported by all the Climate Council members, I don’t think is accurate.”
Watch her full 25-minute testimony on YouTube or press play below.