as of 4-18-16
CLIMATE CHANGE IS GETTING WORSE
AS LEGISLATURE CUTS CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAMS
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Green Bank, Energy Efficiency At Risk
The Connecticut General Assembly has approved a bill for the FY17 state budget which would sweep $22 million in dedicated funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) away from the Green Bank and energy efficiency programs and into the General Fund.
CTLCV joins its many colleagues who advocate for clean energy in Connecticut in asking you to contact your legislators and urge them to save the state's clean energy programs.
It is extremely important at this time that the state continue its commitment to be a leader on combatting climate change and fulfill its commitment to reduce greenhouse gasses by expanding clean energy. Energy efficiency and public-private investment in clean energy projects are a cost-effective way to reduce spending on energy and to replace polluting fossil fuels with low with low emission or zero-emission energy sources. Connecticut must honor and follow through with commitments it has made on the regional and local levels to support clean energy. Backing off commitments will undermine the presently healthy job growth in this sector. It will also signal to all concerned, from regional regulators to small solar businesses, that they can't count on Connecticut. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the fossil fuel interests to say to the world, "Stick with us. Clean energy people will let you down."
Contact your legislator by email or telephone.
If you are a constituent, start with that information. Say, in your own words, please oppose the sweep of RGGI Funds away from clean energy work, please support our clean energy programs and commitments. Be willing to speak to an aide.
Here is contact information for legislative leaders:
An easy way to call a legislator is by the following general numbers.
Just ask for your legislator by name:
House Democrats 860-240-8585
House Republicans 860-240-8700
Senate Democrats 860-240-8600
Senate Republicans 860-240-8800