As severe winter storms continue to slam New England with strong winds and heavy snow, a new study just reported strong connections between severe winter storms in New England and warming in the Arctic. This is one of many climate change effects the Northeast has experienced over the last decade. As a region particularly at risk from sea level rise, severe weather, and flooding, New England legislators are leading the country by pushing for policies to mitigate climate change.
Join ASBC for a webinar on April 5th 1 – 2 PM ET with two of these champions, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas of VT and Rep. Jen Benson of MA, both members of the Carbon Costs Coalition. Hear them discuss the details of their proposals to put a price on carbon, the most efficient, business friendly way to reduce emissions, and why there is so much regional momentum around this solution.
Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas represents Orange County’s 2nd district in the Vermont state legislature. She owns a small business in Bradford, The Local Buzz Café, and is a former public school teacher. Rep. Copeland-Hanzas was first elected in 2004, and she is the lead sponsor of H.791, a proposal to put a price on carbon refunded through electricity bills, in the VT House.
State Representative Jennifer Benson has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2009, and currently serves as the Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. In addition to chairing the Committee, Representative Benson is one of the State Directors for Women In Government. This session, she filed ambitious carbon pricing legislation that has gained more than 50 cosponsors and the support of leading environmental and energy advocacy organizations.