Vermont’s Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While both the Senate and House had already passed the act, Governor Phil Scott vetoed the bill. Scott claimed the bill would lead to “inefficient spending and long, costly court battles.”
Vermont requires a two-thirds majority to override a gubernatorial veto. The Vermont Senate achieved the two-thirds majority with a vote of 22-8. The Vermont House of Representatives also voted last week to override the governor’s veto, surpassing the two-thirds requirement with a vote of 103-47.
The act requires Vermont to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in various increments over the coming years. By 2025, Vermont must reduce its GHGs to 26 percent below 2005 emission levels. By 2030, GHGs must be 40 percent below 1990 levels.
The act also allows individuals to sue Vermont if the government fails to meet these emissions reductions.