Delaware is the last state in our region to adopt strong emission reduction goals into state law. As a result, we are falling increasingly further behind our neighbors in the fight against climate change and leaving future generations on the hook to clean up our mess.
What Would Climate Change Solutions Look Like In Delaware?
The IPCC has told us time and time again that we must cut global greenhouse gas emissions if we want to avoid the worst effects of climate change. That means every nation and every state has a responsibility to do their part to achieve the goals they have laid out for us.
Climate change is affecting us here in Delaware, right now, but we know that it is going to have the biggest impact on future generations yet to come. Already, we've seen flooding from Hurricane Ida driving people out of their homes in Wilmington and tornadoes destroying property and, sadly, claiming lives in Kent County and Sussex County.
We owe it to our children and grandchildren to do all way can to ensure they can enjoy the same quality of life that we have had the privilege of enjoying. That means protecting sensitive and valuable open spaces and wetlands and using the land itself to help reduce the impacts of climate change.
We are spending taxpayer dollars without adequate planning regarding climate impacts, sea level rise, flooding, and increased precipitation. This lack of planning will cost us billions down the road if we don't change course now. Meanwhile, we are missing out on thousands of good paying jobs that can help build our economy and protect our environment!
That is why we need Climate Change Solutions Act passed this year.
The Climate Change Solutions Act will:
-Set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets to at least 50% by 2030 and put us on a path to Net Zero by 2050
-Require the state to take climate change into account when making major investments and purchasing decisions
-Instruct state government to update the climate action plan every two years and develop resiliency strategies to help the First State address climate-related challenges
-Recognize the disproportionate impact of climate change on certain communities and ensure that emission reduction strategies do not disproportionately impact overburdened communities
-Codify an open, inclusive, and transparent process for developing future climate action plans
We are committed to ensuring that this bill passes in 2023 and we hope you will join us in that effort! Please urge your representatives in the General Assembly and Governor Carney to pass the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act this year!
The Climate Change Solutions Act of 2023 Needs Your Support!
The bill has been introduced and is now out of committee and on the Ready List for the Delaware State House of Representatives, but passage is not assured without amendments that could gut the bill’s all-important emissions targets.
That is why our top ask is for you to email your legislators and ask them to support the bill without any further substantive amendments that could undermine the ability of our state to actually meet these emission targets.
This is especially important if your legislators are not sponsors of the bill. Those Representatives and Senators not already sponsoring include the following individuals (plus all Republicans in both chambers):
Representatives William Carson, William Bush, Stephanie Bolden, Sean Matthews, and Ed Osienski
Senators Darius Brown, Jack Walsh, Nicole Poore, Spiros Mantzavinos, Trey Paradee, and Marie Pikney
Some of these Representatives and Senators likely just missed the email asking for co-sponsors, so we ask folks to be kind and assume the best when reaching out to them. Just a gentle reminder to join as a co-sponsor and protect the bill from amendments that could gut it, will suffice for now.
If your Representative or Senator is not listed above, simply thanking them for their support and asking that they stand firm in their commitment to support the bill without substantive changes is greatly appreciated.
Check Out the Media Coverage of the Environmental Package + the Climate Change Solutions Act
Just the Facts Greenhouse Gas Emissions PDF
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SB 305 Fact Sheets
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