MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont lawmakers Friday took action to advance a climate change bill that calls for the state to meet strict carbon emission reduction targets or face legal consequences.
The state has missed the targets for years but now you may be able to sue the state if it fails to meet those goals.
The bill would require that by 2025 the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% below the 2005 amount and 80% below by 2050.
The state will create a council that will make a plan to tackle climate change.
If the state falls short of meeting its emission goals, then Vermonters can file lawsuits to get the state back on track. There's no money involved. It would just be a court order that demands the state work to meet its goals.
"This is helping the state keep its promises to Vermonters. These are promises we've already made. This says we're going to take it seriously and we're going to have a plan. If we fall down on the job, you're going to have a way to hold us accountable," said Rep. Selene Colburn, P-Burlington.
The Senate will vote on the bill next week.