Download this document in MS Word format


State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Senate Resolution

   By the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy,

     J.R.S. 19.  Joint resolution urging Congress to oppose any grandfathering of carbon emissions from new coal burning plants in future national regulation of carbon emissions.

Whereas, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Fourth Assessment Report:  the natural range of carbon dioxide over the past 650,000 years is 180 to 300ppm; as a result of human activities, global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have increased to 379ppm as of 2005; and the primary source of carbon dioxide is from fossil fuels, and

Whereas, studies from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, the primary climate-change data and information analysis center of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) since 1982, show that:  energy-related activities were the primary sources of United States anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, from the United States, accounting for 86 percent of total emissions of carbon equivalents in 2004; the United States produced nearly 1.6 billion tons of carbon in 2002; and coal used by electric utilities produces 25.98 metric tons of carbon per billion BTUs, and

Whereas, a recent report to the Pew Center for Climate Change from the Carnegie Mellon's Electricity Industry Center showed that the nation needs to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by 65–85 percent below current levels by 2100 to stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at twice the level of pre-industrial times, and

Whereas, there are currently over 150 proposed new coal-burning electric power plants within the continental United States, and

Whereas, the increase in proposed coal-burning power plant construction, in the face of the increasing societal need to drastically decrease production of carbon, indicates a race to grandfather the new coal-burning electric power plants by those intending to build large carbon–emitting power plants prior to carbon restrictive legislation being enacted by Congress, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly of the State of Vermont believes that this type of race to grandfather huge new carbon emissions is contradictory to the purpose of carbon-restricting legislation in that it would allow coal-burning power plants that are not even built yet to contribute large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, and be it further  

Resolved:  That the General Assembly urges Congress to send a clear message that any future carbon-restricting legislation will not grandfather or otherwise grant exempt status to any coal-burning power plants where construction began after January 1, 2007, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor Douglas, the President of the United States, and the Vermont Congressional delegation.



____________________________              Attested to:

President of the Senate


____________________________              ____________________________

Speaker of the House                                     David A. Gibson

                                                                      Secretary of the Senate



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont