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Fri Jan 24, 2020, 09:12 PM

Bill For A N.H. State Climate Action Plan Gets First Hearing

The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee held its first hearing on a bill that would propose a New Hampshire state climate action plan. Several committee members had questions about cost, oversight and enforcement.

Under the proposed bill, the state would create a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80 percent below the 1990 levels by 2050.

Craig Thompson, a state representative from Harrisville, proposed the bill. He says he got the idea when a constituent asked him what the House of Representatives’ overarching approach was to the climate crisis.

“When I thought about it, I had to tell him, we don’t seem to have one, nor do we seem to have one as a state,” Thompson said.

This would be the first time for a law focused on New Hampshire reducing its emissions.

But how the state would be accountable for reaching these goals still needs to be addressed, says Michael Fitzgerald, the assistant director of the Air Resources Division at the state Department of Environmental Services.


https://www.nhpr.org/post/bill-nh-state-climate-action-plan-gets-first-hearing#stream/0

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