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AL nonprofit urges Medicaid expansion to save rural hospitals; Harris skipping Netanyahu address shows daylight with Biden on Israeli leader; Biden to give first speech since dropping out of race; IN students face stricter attendance rules, new reading requirements; New Missouri law ensures medication access.

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Kamala Harris builds momentum toward nomination and vets potential Veeps. She and Trump take aggressive stances, as plans for a September debate continue. Sen. Bob Menendez says he'll resign, but will also appeal his corruption conviction.

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Advocates: Climate change must be addressed at CT special session

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Monday, June 24, 2024   

Connecticut environmental advocates want the General Assembly to address climate action in this week's special session, since lawmakers failed to act on several climate bills.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's latest Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory reported emissions increased from 2020 to 2022.

Lori Brown, executive director of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, said recent high temperatures are a sign of what is to come if the state delays climate action further.

"We're not making progress," Brown asserted. "We're slipping backwards, and it's having real health impacts. I mean, look at today. I can almost guarantee you that, you know, there's going to be a lot of asthma attacks and heat stroke, and things that are really affecting their health first."

Brown and others are focused on House Bill 5004. It updates Connecticut's 16-year-old climate goals and aligns gas system planning with mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also sets heat-pump targets to decarbonize buildings.

Republican filibusters and general uncertainty are blamed for the bill's failure despite overwhelming support. The special session is June 26-27.

Beyond this year's shortened legislative session, misinformation is a major reason climate action has stalled.

Tom Swan, executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, noted it came up when the state tried passing new "clean car" standards. He said long term impacts from inaction on climate change can harm the state.

"One, we will fall behind economically, in terms of what the future economy will look like," Swan pointed out. "And two, we enable the climate-denying states to continue to act in a really harmful way."

A Yale Program on Climate Change Communication poll showed a majority of voters nationwide favor climate legislation at the state and federal level, and only 15% of people polled said they think the U.S. government is responding well to the climate crisis.


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