Securing a Critical Vote for Climate Change


In 2011, the New Hampshire State Legislature voted to pull the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an important agreement between New England states to reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. The Governor vetoed the bill immediately, but RGGI opponents in the House had enough votes to override the veto – which they swiftly did. For the veto override to go through, however, it came down to 16 votes on the Senate side to make New Hampshire the first and only state to leave the agreement.

State Senator Gary Lambert was one of those votes. A newly-elected Republican, the Senator was leery about bucking his party on the issue. But, as a retired USMC Colonel and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was a firm supporter of the military and security values.

That’s why when Granite state Operation Free veterans met with him they were able make the case that RGGI was critical to combating climate change and keeping our troops and country safe.

The case was simple: The Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Army have all committed to reducing carbon emissions. If the military can take climate change seriously, leaders in New Hampshire – regardless of political party – should do the same.

After the Operation Free meeting, Senator Lambert announced his support for RGGI – and the measure fell just one vote short of passing, 15-9.

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