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Social Darwinist Business as Usual Destruction
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November 10, 2021

Union of Concerned Scientists

Congress must hold Big Oil accountable for decades of deception

Dear Anthony,

This year’s international climate negotiations are still under way and the message from my colleagues there on the ground has been clear: current plans to cut emissions are still falling short of the kind of investment science tells us we need to limit the worst effects of climate change.

Here in the United States, Congress is still working to pass our biggest investment in climate action ever—the Build Back Better Act. Even as we continue to push hard to pass this critical investment, it’s hard not to think about the obstacles that prevented us from acting earlier, at a time when we could have prevented the devastation we’ve seen in recent years.

The fossil fuel industry has spent decades—and billions of dollars—to prevent climate action from happening. And while the industry has long been able to avoid accountability for its actions, the tide is beginning to turn. States and municipalities across the country are bringing lawsuits against fossil fuel corporations to make them pay their fair share of the costs of addressing climate change.

And just last month, top fossil fuel industry executives were called before Congress to answer for their decades of climate deception. We must continue to hold these corporations accountable and ensure they don’t continue to stand in the way of the further investments we need to close the gap between our current climate commitments  and what’s needed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. —Katy

The more we know about Big Oil’s ongoing climate deception, the better we can hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their harms. That’s why it’s crucial that this hearing be just the first step. Congress must continue to investigate the industry’s history of climate disinformation and ongoing anti-climate campaigns. Tell your US representative to keep the heat on and investigate Big Oil’s climate disinformation..

November 10, 2021

Agelbert Rant to Congress:

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform's October hearing on fossil fuel industry disinformation should be just the first step in investigating what oil and gas companies, and their trade organizations, have done to block climate progress and endanger the public. Atomic Scientist Edward Teller warned them a long time ago that they had to stop their CO2 producing business model. On its 100th birthday in 1959, Edward Teller warned the oil industry about global warming. Yet, instead of beginning the transition to clean renewable energy, they formed a Conspiracy to deliberately put in doubt the scientifically irrefutable FACT that increased CO2 would result in Catastrophic Climate Change.


That said, the Hydrocarbon Industry's 62 year old disinformation campaign is NOT their worst crime, though it is certainly a felony. Beyond their greatest crime (i.e. wanton human health damaging biosphere pollution for short term profit), their greater crime is Corrupting State and Federal Government officials into blocking climate progress involving, but not limited to, Conspiracy to Defraud the Public of the United States through coerced "Subsidies" under the color of "National Security" (see Orwell).


The result of this dastardly crime continues to be SECURITY for the Hydrocarbon "Industry" ("Mafia" is a more appropriate description of their buy em' or bop em' modus operandi) and INSECURITY for the United States. Oil shocks, as anyone who can add and subtract knows, increase security for Big Oil and National Insecurity for the United States.
     
These Big Oil Hydrocarbon Hellspawn Criminals, and their quislings in  government, must be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law AND have their assets confiscated.

If you do not act to prevent Big Oil from continuing their Mens rea modus operandi CRIMES of BRIBING politicians with a portion of the money YOU CONTINUE to allow them to coerce out of we-the-people through Climate AND Democracy Destroying "Subsidies", these Social Darwinist, Profit over planet, biosphere polluters will NOT STOP their "Business model" dictated crimes! What is it going to take for you politicians to figure out that Big Oil "Business as Usual" is a death sentence for our environment AND our democracy? We need fossil fuels like a dog needs ticks!


The Hydrocarbon Hellspawn DID THE Clean Energy Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, Government corrupting, human health depleting CRIME. Since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID DOING THE TIME or PAYING THE FINE! Don't let them get away with it! PROSECUTE them or they will continue laughing all the way to the bank with their Government Hand Out "Subsidies" while they gleefully destroy our biosphere.

They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Proverbs 28:4
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Tomorrow is Yesterday...
« Reply #2252 on: November 11, 2021, 01:36:29 pm »

Tomorrow is Yesterday...

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November 12 and NO SNOW YET in Vermont, thanks to 😈 Profit over Planet 🦕Polluters. 🤦‍♂️


Agelbert NOTE: The average date for the first frost in Vermont used to be September 15. Our first frost this year came over 45 days later. As you can see, the lack of snow threatens Ski Resorts, who all wish to open for Thanksgiving, but cannot due to the high temperatures, despite being able to make some snow during the night.

The Hydrocarbon Mafia WILL NOT pony up a PENNY to make up for ski resort/tourist income LOSSES. That said, this is just one of several deleterious effects, among the somewhat milder impacts of Catastrophic Climate Change, as is being experienced in Vermont. The longer warm season has helped the insects that kill maple trees to thrive.

On top of that potential disaster for Vermont Maple Syrup production, the Spring is giving less temperature swings (above and below freezing each day) that are sine qua non to get the Maple Tree sap to run so it can be harvested. Maple Syrup producers took a major hit this spring because the number of days they could collect sap was less than HALF the normal amount. Again the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn will NOT do ZIP to stop their polllution or compensate Vermonters for the bankrupting loss of income OR the destruction of the Maple Trees in our rapidly warming forests by wood borer beetles.

The "Business as Usual", "Might equals Right", morally bankrupt, 👿 Social Darwinist ideology/RELIGION of the 🦖 Hydrocabon Worshipping Polluters will destroy human civilization, and much of the biosphere, if it is not completely rejected by people of good will all over the world.

"... It is astonishing to discover that major political efforts in democracies can be turned to undermining the core purpose of government, destroying the factual basis for fair and effective protection of essential common property resources of all to feed the financial interests of a few. These efforts, limiting scientific research on environment, denying the validity of settled facts and natural laws, are a shameful dance, far below acceptable or reputable political behavior. It can be treated not as a reasoned alternative, but scorned for what it is – simple thievery." —George M. Woodwell, Woods Hole Research Center founder

"We do not need a 'new' business model for energy because we never had one. What we need, if we wish to avoid extinction, is to plug the environmental and equity costs of energy production and use into our planning and thinking. " -- A.G. Gelbert


 


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👉 First Snow in Vermont is only a Light Dusting 🚩 Limited to Higher Elevations.


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COP26 COP-OUT ENDS
« Reply #2255 on: November 15, 2021, 08:31:37 pm »
 
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November 15, 2021


COP26 Ends 

The 26th meeting of the UN climate talks was finally gavelled on Saturday evening in Glasgow, after more than two weeks of intense negotiations. The Glasgow Climate Pact secured a 2023 timeline for countries to resubmit their national emissions-reduction targets to be more aligned with 1.5°C (2.7°F) of warming , and made an unprecedented mention of fossil fuels and recognition of the need for Just Transition .

Agreement was also reached on carbon markets, with major loopholes closed but still susceptible to bad-faith actors .

The U.S., 🦖🐍 EU, 🦕 Australia, and other wealthy nations blocked the creation of a fund to compensate vulnerable nations for irreparable loss and damage caused by climate change, tabling it for more discussion next year at COP27 ::), but the issue — long a priority for developing low-emitting nations, some literally disappearing beneath rising seas, least culpable for the climate crisis — got more attention at COP26 than at previous UN talks.


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November 16, 2021

Biden Signs Trillion Dollar Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

President Joe Biden signed the roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law on Monday, marking the biggest public infrastructure investment in over a decade.

The legislation provides

$110 billion for roads and bridges,
֍ nearly $50 billion to protect communities from the impacts of climate change,
$55 billion for water infrastructure including
$15 billion for replacing lead pipes,
$65 billion to improve the electrical grid,
$39 billion for public transit,
$25 billion for airports,
֍ $7.5 billion for EV charging stations, and
֍ $5 billion for hybrid and electric school buses. Nearly all school buses currently run on diesel, exposing children whose lungs are particularly susceptible to air pollution to exhaust fumes, likely the most polluted air they’ll breathe all day, and dumping more than 5 million tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere every year.

The law also includes nearly $5 billion to begin to plug, cap, and clean up orphaned oil and gas wells that leak planet-heating methane and other pollutants.

The law aims to end the use of infrastructure projects like highways and bridges as instruments of racism, but some worry the law gives states unconcerned with equity considerations too much control. “A fundamental part of this program has always been to have the feds raise money, hand it over to the states and cross our fingers,” Beth Osborne, who was an acting assistant secretary in the Transportation Department during the Obama administration, told the New York Times. The law contains just a small fraction of the spending to cut American climate pollution included in the Build Back Better Act, which Democrats are hoping to pass before Thanksgiving. (Infrastructure law: AP, NPR, Reuters, Thomson Reuters Foundation, New York Times $, Wall Street Journal $; School buses: TIME; Orphaned Wells: High Country News, Grist, New Mexico Political Report, Bradford Era, Centre Daily Times; Environmental justice: New York Times $; Build Back Better: E&E News, The Hill)

  Agelbert NOTE: Only in the good old United States of Petroleum can a pollution contaminated site, irresponsibly abandonded without plugging and cleanup by profit over planet oil loving greedballs, be affectionately called an "Orphaned" Oil and Gas Well. Friends, if YOU made that kind of a mess in your yard, the authorities would have a hazmat team sent there quickly, followed by the police charging you with unlawful contamination. The wells spewing methane and other (even MORE toxic - i.e. Cancer causing) contaminants were 🦕 IRRESPONSIBLY 😈 ABANDONED, not "orphaned" by an "unfortunate" bit of Hydrocarbon Business "bad luck". It is absolutely breathtaking how the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn keep getting a free pass from the media for in-our-faces toxic pollution dumping on we-the-people.
"Orphaned " Oil and Gas Well❓❓❓

As to "ending the use of infrastructure projects like highways and bridges as instruments of racism" AFTER handing Federal Highways and Bridge Money over to the states and crossing Federal fingers epecting States do their part to end worker and contract infrastructure building racism...   

Now let us discuss the Money in the Legislation. There is a problem with trying to make sense of any of the above numbers, which to the average person seem like a lot of money. People tend to say, yeah, billions of dollars for a lot of needed projects is good, so it is all good. Not really. In order to begin to understand the numbers, you need to look at the amounts in proportion to each other. It will then be obvious what got the most "bipartisan" support AND what is mostly happy talk. But that is not the full story. When you learn the number of YEARS the given amounts are spread out over by LAW, then you realize how woefully inadequate this Legislation actually is.

This is piecemeal Legislation, the result of corruption by the forces of Predatory Delay. Incremental steps to solve our Climate Crisis, never mind the increasingly misery producing inequity AND Oligarchic destruction of democracy, will not be enough to avert Catastrophic Climate Change Disaster. May God have mercy on us all.


   

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Permian Climate Bomb 💣
« Reply #2257 on: November 17, 2021, 07:46:24 pm »

Nov 15, 2021

⏰ Permian Climate Bomb 💣


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The ongoing oil boom in the Permian is a story of toxic infrastructure, environmental injustice and climate overshoot. Each of these issues by themselves are reason enough to stop extraction in the basin, but together, they are The Permian Basin Climate Bomb. Watch this video to get an insight into how the barely regulated oil and gas production from New Mexico to the Gulf Coast will bust the climate and intensify impacts on communities.

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BLAH, BLAH, BLAH? Is that all our 🦖 leaders provided at COP26?


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The COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow was billed as our last chance to limit global warming this century to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Our leaders tell us it was a success , but hundreds of thousands of climate activists outside the event did not seem to share that optimism. A quick scratch at the surface of the announced policies suggests their cynicism may be well founded.

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"It breaks my heart to say that COP26 has killed all prospect of limiting global overheat to 1.5C. I put this argument to climate-optimist Michael Mann on BBC Radio 5 Live after it had concluded. Now is the time to abandon naive optimism in favour of facing up to climate reality.

It gives me no pleasure to say these things, but the reality is that we need to be prepared for the worst, because our governments have given us no reason to expect anything else."
 
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Climate Crisis "Solution" Hopium is UNscientific
« Reply #2259 on: December 01, 2021, 06:17:26 pm »
Agelbert RANT: Beyond the usual wishful thinking about how "solvable" the climate crisis is AND the complete lack of finger pointing at the profit over planet polluters (i.e. NO demands for prosecuting/bankrupting the polluters and NO recommended TEETH for laws and regulations to prevent continued degradation of the biosphere for short term profit) that are TOTALLY (NOT "partially") responsible for Catastrophic Climate Change, this article is based on facts. The problem with stating the biosphere degradation facts resulting from our climate crisis, while studiously ignoring the gigantic elephant in the room FACT that the 😈🦖🐍 humans in charge of the polluter corporations are NOT going to stop as long as they are not prosecuted for their profit over planet ecocide is that we-the-people will accomplsh NADA to stop the ‘Insect Armageddon’ discussed here or any other extinction causing result of Catastrophic Climate Change. Yeah, that is a problem, to put it mildly. What really burns me is how these scientists can harbor the incredibly naive opinion that we can fix this "together" because, uh. we are "all" in this together.

NO, we are NOT all in this together. The polluters have every reason, based on their morally bankrupt ideology, to not care a hoot what happens to most of the biosphere, including the extinction of several high order mammalian vertebrate species, as long as their profit over planet corruption of governments all over the world continues unpunished and unabated. The polluters are morally depraved Social Darwinists. They will, with a straight face, calmly tell you that species have gone extinct since life has "evolved" on this planet and apex predaters like them need not be concerned with ANY species that goes extinct due to pollution from a 😈 profitable "business Model". These moral reprobates actually believe that any species that goes extinct, no matter how important scientists think that species is, "deserves" to go extinct if it went extinct. This is circular thinking insanity in the extreme, but ALL 🦍 Social Darwinsits swear by this irrational rejection of altruistic behavior on behalf of the biosphere in general (and humans they exploit in particular) in order to "justifiy" their wanton degradation of the biosphere for short term profit. They are true believers in technofixes, even if scientists tell them there ain't no technofix for the extinction of a keystone species. The polluter greedballs are so blind to cause and effect reality that ANYTHING that questions their morally bankrupt "might equals right" ideology is rejected.

The problem with too many scientists is that they think of the Climate Crisis as a biological math problem to be solved. rather than a DIRECT CAUSE of the moral depravity of polluters. As long as the climate Crisis is not labelled as  a MORAL CRISIS, asking we-the-people to do our part to save nature, something 90% PLUS of humanity already DOES, will not work BECAUSE LESS than 5% of humanity is doing over 99% of the pollution! It is like these scientists, people who are great at math from the time they were knee high to a grasshopper, deciding to forget how to add and subtract when the blame for worldwide (OVERWHELMINGLY CAUSED BY THE HYDROCARBON "Industry") biosphere degradation needs to be SPECIFICALLY tallied up.





Nature underpins every aspect of human existenceand it is in crisis

KEY TAKEAWAYS

📢 Biodiversity underpins every aspect of life on our planet—but it's currently declining at an unprecedented rate.
֍ To reverse this trend, we must find better ways to manage humanity's footprint on land and sea—and new ways to fund this work.
֍ The year ahead will be crucial, as members of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity reconvene in China in 2021 and early 2022 to agree on a new global framework for protecting nature.

Whether you live in a large coastal city or a small town in the foothills; work in agriculture, engineering or finance; live off the land or consider yourself an urban warrior; whether you consciously realize it or not, we all need nature.


BIODIVERSITY EXPLAINED (3:05) What if all the variety on the planet disappeared? It could happen. Extinctions are happening faster than ever. If we remove too many pieces the health of our environment, food supply, and economies could crumble. But if we can agree to prioritize biodiversity, we can save the planet and ourselves.

This variety of life, the communities they form, and habitats in which they live make up the fabric of life—biodiversity. It underpins planetary health and informs everything down to the taste of a grain, the strand of a cloth and a sip of water, supporting our most basic needs. Yet, nature and wildlife are declining around the world at an unprecedented rate.


THE COST OF LOSING NATURE

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recently warned that we are exploiting nature far more rapidly than it can renew itself, driving extinctions up to 1,000 times faster than the background “natural rate.” The report also spells out that up to one million known species could disappear by 2050. Invertebrates, in particular, are disappearing so quickly that some scientists are warning of a looming ‘Insect Armageddon.’

That species loss comes at a price—both literally and figuratively. While the intrinsic value of nature is priceless, economists have estimated that nature also contributes trillions of dollars  to the global economy each year, in the form of ecosystem services – natural processes like pollination and the provision of water. We know, for instance, that 75 percent of global food crops rely on pollination; that forests filter and store 40 percent of the water for the world’s largest urban areas; and coastal habitats like coral reefs and mangroves buffer us from floods and storms while also absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Beyond these essential services, other cultural and physical aspects of our relationship to nature, although less easy to quantify, are arguably just as important to our quality of life.

PROTECT THE BEST—BUT ALSO MANAGE THE REST

Climate breakdown is already making it clear that the future of human development depends on rethinking our relationship with the natural world. The biodiversity crisis further reinforces the need for urgency. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is part of a global effort to preserve the world’s remaining wild and near-natural habitats, with the goal of protecting 30 percent of the planet by 2030. But it’s not enough to simply create more protected areas on land and at sea—we also need to address the root causes of biodiversity loss.

The biggest direct drivers causing this steep decline are massive land-use changes, climate change, pollution, resource use and exploitation, and invasive species. Agricultural expansion in the past fifty years has resulted in the degradation of intact forests, especially in the tropics, but cities and roads have also encroached upon natural landscapes. Marine ecosystems, meanwhile, are in a dire state from the cumulative impacts of overfishing, pollution, and climate-related drivers like ocean warming, acidification and deoxygenation.

ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND A sea lion hunts in Los Islotes in Espiritu Santo Island in La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico © Alfredo Martinez Fernandez/TNC Photo Contest 2019

Addressing these issues means fundamentally changing the way we manage humanity’s footprint on land and sea. We can—and must—grow more food through regenerative agricultural practices that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect soil and biodiversity. In addition to halting deforestation and other habitat conversion, we can better manage working forests in ways that preserve as many species as possible without sacrificing sustainable production. In areas that have already been degraded, we must restore and regenerate forests and other landscapes. Degraded lands also offer opportunities to site infrastructure in ways that meet human needs with minimal impact to nature.

At sea, we need to better manage fisheries, create safe havens in the ocean, and build resilience along our coasts. One bright spot: a new agreement for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (more than 200 nautical miles from shore) aims to protect the world’s high seas. The agreement should be completed during the fourth and final round of talks in spring 2020.


INVEST IN SUSTAINABLE PATHWAYS

Make no mistake: achieving all this within the timescales required to avert ecological catastrophe will require massive and transformative changes in our global economies and financial systems. For example, the hundreds of billions of dollars in public subsidies currently directed towards the agriculture sector, originally intended to make food cheaper and more plentiful, have hidden costs for both nature and human health by too often effectively incentivizing unsustainable farming practices and unhealthy eating. Such funds should ideally be reallocated in ways that support healthy food production while also benefiting nature.

Rethinking public spending alone isn’t enough, though—we’ll also have to unlock or redirect new sources of funding for nature, including from the private sector. Too often the economic value of the services nature provides—the way forests filter and recharge groundwater, for example—go unrecognized and unvalued. But quantifying these values opens the door to investing directly in nature in ways that can deliver both financial returns and conservation benefits. To start to manage the conservation crisis, we need to be looking for conservation finance solutions that can easily scale to deliver billions of dollars per year, every year.

The Nature Conservancy has pioneered the use of water funds—localized arrangements where urban water users pay into a fund that then invests in conservation and improved agricultural practices in the upper watershed.  Source watersheds provide water for the largest cities on the planet; they represent one third of the Earth’s surface, sustain more than 1.7 billion people and are home to more than 50 percent of the planet’s endangered terrestrial species.

In many cases, these investments in “natural infrastructure” are a more cost-effective way to secure water quality improvements compared with traditional ‘gray infrastructure’ solutions like water filtration plants.  Considering that the world spends around half a trillion dollars a year on water infrastructure, nature can improve the return on that investment by providing cleaner drinking water for hundreds of cities for less.  That’s a multi-billion dollar investment proposition with a negative financial cost.

PORTRAIT OF SAM 'OHUKANI'ŌHI' A GON III Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor at the Nature Conservancy, Hawai'i Program, Maunawili Falls Trail, Oíahu, Hawai'i © Ian Shive

COMMIT TO NATURE

The year ahead is crucial for tackling these major ecological and systemic threats. In early 2021, when the UN Convention on Biodiversity reconvenes in Kunming, China, 196 national governments will have the opportunity to make an ambitious commitment to biodiversity protection—one that fully recognizes the value of nature across society and government. Momentum is also building through a public voice and a movement creating a demand for nature.



The natural world is not a faraway place: it is our world. Large-scale ecological collapse in such a short period of time has happened just five times in geological history. Historically, however, mass extinctions were caused by catastrophic events like asteroid collisions and volcanos. This time, human activities and the planet’s runaway transformation is happening on our watch.


The good news is that the way forward is in our hands, too—but only if we are willing to make the creative, political and financial decisions necessary today to avoid almost unimaginable consequences in the future. The nature we need is under threat; but it is also profoundly resilient and can regenerate if we work with it instead of against it.  A strong agreement between countries charting a way forward, underpinned with the financial wherewithal to make it stick, would be two credible and necessary steps to change course next year and truly mobilize for nature.

https://www.nature.org/en-us/what-we-do/our-insights/perspectives/biodiversity-crisis-nature-underpins-human-existence/

Agelbert NOTE: As long as the "WE" mentioned above does not include the polluters degrading the biosphere for profit 24/7 AND corrupting our governmetns 24/7 to force we-the-people to PAY THEM "subsidies" so they can make even more money while they poison us, NO credible and necessary steps to change course next year, or any other year, to mobilze for nature, will take place. This is not hard to figure out; If you don't stop a murdering crook, he will murder and steal more, PERIOD.

The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, Government corrupting, human health depleting CRIME. Since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID DOING THE TIME or PAYING THE FINE!  Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on! 
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Dec 2, 2021

Ever since the Vermont Legislature overrode Gov. 🐘 Scott’s veto and enacted the Global Warming Solutions Act, we’ve had Dec. 1, 2021 circled on our calendars. That was the day the VT Climate Council, created by the Solutions Act, was slated to adopt Vermont’s first every legally required Climate Action Plan.

Well, I’m excited to share that yesterday the Climate Council did just that. On a 19 to 4 vote, the Council adopted a plan that, while far from perfect, lays the foundation for Vermont to finally treat the climate crisis with the seriousness it demands and get on track to meet our climate requirements.

Notably, the Climate Action Plan calls for (among many other things):

A clean heat standard, analogous to a renewable energy standard for the heating sector,
A dramatically-scaled up weatherization program that will help many more Vermonters - particularly lower income and historically marginalized Vermonters – access weatherization services,
Transportation investments to help people access clean and affordable transportation options and
The adoption of an environmental justice policy

This is a big step, and a big thanks is owed to the hundreds of VPIRG members who attended Climate Council hearings and shared input with the Council. It made a big difference. And there’s no question that many, many thanks are due to the members of the Council itself and its subcommittees. Many are volunteers, and they put in hundreds of hours of hard, painstaking work to make yesterday’s action possible. Vermont owes them a debt of gratitude.

But in many ways, the hard work is just beginning. As policymakers move forward to consider these recommendations, we need to continue to make our voices heard and bring more voices into the process, particularly from historically marginalized communities.

Doing so will be necessary to make sure that our elected leaders turn these recommendations into real, tangible policies that cut carbon pollution and do so equitably. ... ...

There’s far more to share about the plan, the policies it requires the Scott Administration to take, how it will impact the upcoming legislative session, and what the ongoing work of the Council (and there’s a lot of it) will look like in the coming months. We’ll be in touch with more of those details in the coming weeks, but for now I wanted to offer a sincere thank you to all VPIRG members for the way you’ve stepped up for climate action these past few months (and years!). It is true that we have a great deal of work ahead of us. But the fact that we stand here today, with the state’s first legally adopted Climate Action Plan in our hands—a roadmap to the transformative policies we must adopt as a state—is a testament to the commitment of VPIRG members all across Vermont. So thank you.

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