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Zuckerman backs action on Global Warming Solutions Act

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, a candidate for governor of Vermont, has issued a statement on the Global Warming Solutions Act, a bill advanced by the state Senate on Thursday:

"The Global Warming Solutions Act is a good first step, but as I have stated many times, we need to make a major investment in climate crisis mitigation from affordable housing to broadband and weatherization to alternative energy," Zuckerman said in a statement. "Addressing the climate crisis strategically will result in creating good-paying jobs for Vermont workers that reduce our carbon emissions while addressing the disproportionate burden rural Vermonters face."

The bill sets the target of a 26 percent reduction in climate pollution by 2025, and ultimately requires Vermont to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 through a combination of dramatic decreases in fossil fuel use, and substantial carbon sequestration through Vermont's farms and forests.

Similar legislation has passed throughout much of the Northeast, including New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. Zuckerman's campaign noted that in Massachusetts, climate pollution is down 23 percent over the last two decades, while emissions are up 16 percent in Vermont.

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