Our Turn: The very real impact of climate change in New Hampshire
When it comes to combating climate change, New Hampshire’s Legislature should consider any option that will preserve our environment without hampering economic growth. That’s why a bill like Senate Bill 123, which would have established a commission to study a carbon reduction investment program, is the best path forward for New Hampshire.
New Hampshire has been a leader on combating the effects of climate change for many years. The state has been actively reducing emissions through its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. As a whole, the nine participatory states have reduced emissions by 45 percent since 2005, and have grown the region’s GDP by 8 percent.
The program has also created significant cost savings. Investments in RGGI have led to more than $4 billion in lifetime energy bill savings, which has benefited more than 21,000 businesses in the region. However, RGGI alone will not save us from the devastating effects of climate change.
Many of us have already begun to experience such effects.
Unseasonable temperatures, coastal flooding and extreme storms impact our state’s economy every day.
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