Lawmakers to vote on ‘ambitious and enforceable’ climate change bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A climate bill is going before the House of Representatives Tuesday at 4 p.m. for a vote.

The Act on Climate (H 5445) is sponsored by Rep. Lauren Carson (D-District 75, Newport) and would make the state’s climate goals in the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 “more ambitious and enforceable.”

The Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 outlines goals for reducing the state’s carbon pollution by 45% by 2035 and 80% by 2050.

Climate advocates argue that those numbers should be higher.

“Unfortunately, these goals are no longer supported by science. Steeper cuts are needed here, and everywhere, to prevent catastrophic heating of the planet by 2.7°F or more. Worse yet, the 2014 law provides no means of accountability or enforcement if the state fails to meet these goals,” wrote Climate Action Rhode Island in an emailed statement.

The Act on Climate would instead reduce emissions by 45% by 2030, and 80% by 2040, and 100% by 2050.

Companion legislation was passed in the Senate on March 16.

Climate Action Rhode Island plans to hold a rally at The Vets Tuesday afternoon in support of the passage of the 2021 Action on Climate bill.

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