SB10 – An Act Concerning Climate Change Mitigation

Posted on May 3, 2022

This bill codifies into law the following mandate that in 18 years, by Jan 1, 2040, Connecticut will be powered by zero carbon electricity supply.

The proponent said we are close to contracting all of CT electricity to zero carbon providers with our state’s first offshore wind farm coming online in 2024 and continued trading of carbon credits. And it was also said in debate that we have missed the statutory mandate of being at 10% below carbon levels emitted in 1990. It’s not clear to me how both can be true.

Wind and solar are heavily subsidized, which explains partly why we all pay some of the highest electric rates in the country. To run an economy on mostly wind and solar, we will need batteries, which are environmentally devastating. Minerals are mined in some of the poorest countries in the world and wantonly destroying the environment and highly sensitive ecosystems. As for solar, most components are not made in the USA, but rather in China by the forced labor of Uyghur minorities. Nuclear is not included in Connecticut’s list of Class 1 renewable energy.

Why are we driving Connecticut’s economy towards reliance on unreliable energy based on parts, sources and components made by regimes using forced labor? This bill is a fantasy. I refuse to go along with policies that require I turn a blind eye to logic and humanitarian values.

You can click here for the bill language.

My floor remarks are below, and to contrast, I also included in this video remarks from across the aisle. This bill passed 113 yeas to 35 nays. I voted nay.

The House vote on the bill can be found here.

And the Senate vote can be found here.

The bill heads to the Governor next.

Here is a pretty good article about this bill. A key quote: “In response to Republican questioning, Arconti said that the bill would not mandate the closure of fossil fuel plants currently operating in the state, and that in fact they would be allowed to continue supplying power to Connecicut residents beyond 2040.

Instead, he said that in order to meet the zero-carbon goal Connecticut’s utilities and ratepayers would be able to continue the existing policy of purchasing renewable energy credits to offset carbon emissions produced by power plants within the state