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Vermont is already falling behind its emissions mandates. Can it reverse course?

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The transportation sector, along with the thermal sector, creates the bulk of Vermont's current carbon emissions.

Live call-in discussion: Vermont is falling behind—and is unlikely to meet—its legally-required emission reductions by 2030. That's according to a recent climate report from the nonprofit Energy Action Network.

The EAN, which tracks Vermont’s emissions, said the state hasn't adopted strategies that would lead to the required reductions, especially in its heating and transportation sectors. Vermont lawmakers in 2020 passed the Global Warming Solutions Act, which includes legally-binding emission requirements. But efforts to implement emissions reductions have failed, and if the state doesn't reach the reductions spelled out in the GWSA, it could be sued.

Host Connor Cyrus will talk with the leader of the nonprofit behind the report about what actions are needed to get Vermont back on track, and how it compares with other states in terms of emissions reduction goals.

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Broadcast live at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.