Assembly Proposal : Legislative Agenda

Title: 350 CT Legislative Agenda

Motion: Connecticut needs to move to a 100% electricity-based energy system by 2030 which is based solely on clean, renewable energy sources: solar, wind, hydro, and others. We must take this emergency stance to shift away from fossil fuels in order to avoid the most extreme results of climate change. We must eliminate all sources of fossil fuel use and demand.
A completely electricity-based energy system incorporates:
Transportation – both personal vehicles and mass transit;
Heating and cooling – both industrial and residential;
Publically owned and distributed electric generation using 100% renewables.

Background: Specifics
Achieving these goals requires a multi-faceted, multi-step process.

Extensively increase renewable energy generation

Push the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 100% by 2030 with the understanding of increased demand for electricity as additional electricity-based uses expand (e.g. more electric vehicles). So both a switch and an expansion are required.

Stop emissions from transportation – the largest source of emissions in CT

Ban advertisements of fossil fuel vehicles after 2019.
Ban sales of new 100% fossil fuel use vehicles after 2021. This includes cars and all buses.
Expand incentives to switch to EVs.
Rapidly expand electric charging infrastructure.
Expand free mass transit.

Remove demand for fossil fuel HVAC systems
Ban sales of fossil fuel based HVAC systems after 2021.
Expand incentives to switch to heat pumps, other fossil fuel free systems.

Shut down fossil fuel infrastructure
Ban new pipelines and pipeline expansion.
Close existing fossil fuel plants.
Exact the methane leak bill.

How:
Educate state and local lawmakers one-on-one to build the understanding of the situation and remedies. Reference Mark Jacobson & The Solutions Project; the Green New Deal; Off Fossil Fuels Act.
Support allies with initiatives on expanding off-shore wind, shared solar, net metering revisions, utility scale solar, distributed grids, efficiency efforts, new construction requirements, and others as they arise.
Build public understanding and pressure via local education forums, rallys, teach-ins, literature drops and canvassing, mass texts.