A public hearing on Connecticut’s draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy will take tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 in the Beacon Hall Events Center, Room 214, Housatonic Community College, 600 Lafayette Boulevard.
“While Connecticut has made progress in advancing renewable energy and protecting the environment, it is disappointing that the state continues on a path to support major investment in fossil fuels,” said Connecticut Sierra Club Chair Martha Klein. “Fossil fuels harm the environment by polluting our air and water and harm consumers who will continue to foot the bill for unneeded fossil fuel infrastructure. It is both shocking and troubling that while President Trump is doubling down on fossil fuels and new pipelines in DC–Connecticut has chosen to follow his lead. Sadly, this CES draft simply does not hit the clear renewable energy goals to set forth by the Global Warming Solutions Act. I encourage every Connecticut resident concerned about the environment to turn out to today’s public hearing in Bridgeport and tell our state leaders that it’s time for Connecticut to be a leader in combating climate change and investing in clean, renewable energy!”
“I hope that Bridgeport and Fairfield county residents will show up and stand up for clean, renewable energy,” said State Rep. Chris Rosario. “It’s time for Connecticut to stop subsidizing new fracked gas pipelines and other dirty fossil fuels. It’s time for Connecticut to become a national leader in generating clean power from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. Our new Comprehensive Energy Strategy needs to be amended to achieve these goals sooner and more effectively.”
Bridgeport City Council President Tom McCarthy noted, “Connecticut needs an energy plan that leads the nation in producing clean energy such as solar and wind not fossil fuels. Here in Bridgeport we are leading the way in the creating the new green economy by building the world’s largest fuel cell, tripling recycling rates and building some of the largest solar installations in the state. I encourage our residents to register their support for clean energy this Wednesday in Bridgeport at this important public hearing in our state’s future energy policy. It’s time for Connecticut to build more solar panels and wind turbines and fewer pipelines.”