Climate Forum

HARTFORD, CT – Today, state Senator Christine Cohen (D-Guilford) announced the formation of the bipartisan Coastal Caucus. Sen. Cohen, who is co-chair of the Environment Committee, will co-chair the Coastal Caucus with state Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Fairfield). The Senator said the creation of this caucus coincides with the Governor's Executive Order announced at today's climate forum. It will facilitate collaboration between the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as between legislators most impacted by issues along Connecticut's coastline. 

 “With the myriad of matters presented by sea-level rise and our changing environment, it is imperative we do all we can to protect our coastline for our state’s residents, environment and economy,” said Sen. Cohen. “The formation of this Coastal Caucus is a useful tool in ensuring the well-being of Connecticut's shoreline communities. I am confident the legislature, together with the Executive branch and environmental agencies and advocates, can devise creative and effective methods to shore up coastal resiliency and provide for a sustainable future."

Rep. McCarthy Vahey said she is excited to join the caucus in a leadership role. She said taking on climate change will ensure the overall health of Coastal Connecticut. 

“I look forward to joining Sen. Cohen and legislators from both chambers and both sides of the aisle to address one of the most urgent and pressing needs of our era, climate change,” said Rep. McCarthy Vahey. “Governor Lamont’s leadership and recognition of the crucial role we play as policy makers in creating resilient, prepared communities will result in effective solutions. Coastal Connecticut is at risk and we must work together to take bold steps that will assure the long term health and safety of the people of our state.”

The Coastal Caucus will address the state’s unique needs in regards to our proximity to the Long Island Sound and other waterways. From tackling how climate is impacting sea-level rise, to delving into coastal resilience, finding ways to end offshore energy and waste contamination, and dealing with the unique needs of aquaculture, fisheries and marine wildlife, the Coastal Caucus aims to properly address these items and more. The Coastal Caucus plans to hold an informational session with the Connecticut Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation in late September or early October with subsequent meetings with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and other environmental agencies in order to educate itself on pertinent issues and how best to tackle climate action.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been invited to participate in the caucus. Invitations were sent out following an environmental forum with Governor Ned Lamont, Connecticut DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes, Sen. Cohen and other state legislators. At the press conference, Gov. Lamont announced an executive action regarding climate action.

 

(15) comments

Guest

Oh my, I notice that all the entities involved are government agencies of one kind or another. is there no one available with private-sector experience to keep these people grounded in actual reality now and then?

Guest

I have lived near a beach in Branford for almost seventy years and the see no change in water level. The high water marks on the seawalls have not changed in all that time, Shure there is noticeable erosion but no change in water level .

Guest

I second your remarks. I have lived on the shore for 59 years and no increase in high water. even the hurricane of 1938 was stronger then any since!

Guest

just shut up and pay more in taxes to democrats to waste on "good intentions" ...they actually think they can make the sea rise or fall...crazy democrats and those who follow them can pay more in taxes to waste...I will be out of here...

Guest

remember - people have to feel like they are doing something and that they matter...sad but true. They don't realize that we are born, live and die and that in the overall universe, we mean nothing. But some crazies actually believe that we can destroy "mother earth" these folks are nuts....the earth does not care about us and we mean nothing. the earth was here before us and will be here after us. Man/Woman mean nothing to earth. Get over yourselves

Guest

President Obama clearly is not concerned with rising sea levels. He just bought a $15 million oceanfront property in Martha's Vinyard.



I guess "the rise of the oceans began to slow" after all!

Guest

September 5 Guests who have been monitoring sea level on their favorite Seawall, Please contact the Trump administration as soon as possible to present your scientific findings that refute the pseudoscience and frivolous government spending of reports such as their::: https://e360.yale.edu/features/flooding-hot-spots-why-seas-are-rising-faster-on-the-u.s.-east-coast

Guest

Ahhhh, I see. Your link to Jim Morrison who is an expert on everything writes articles for the Washington Post, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal etc. isn't part of the democrat fear machine. I hope that you can come up with something better than that to convince us skeptics.





Jim Morrison writes about the environment, travel, the arts, and business. His stories have appeared in Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Wildlife, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sailsalot

Cohen is the queen of useless legislation and advisory groups. She is a perfect match for the snowflakes who voted for her.

Sailsalot

“With the myriad of matters presented by sea-level rise and our changing environment, it is imperative we do all we can to protect our coastline for our state’s residents, environment and economy,” said Sen. Cohen. I will translate for you: Cohen is a democrat. She does not understand that the rising sea level she refers to is caused by the normal rise and fall of our tides. Ms. Cohen, those of us who understand the tides know that our tides rise and fall about every six hours. That, dear lady, is the only sea-level rise we are dealing with. Your bagels are overdone on this one.

Guest

Google rising sea levels Sailaslot you might learn something!!!!

Guest

You trust Google?

Guest

can someone pay me billions of dollars and I will promise to lower the seas in 50 years when I am dead?

Guest

Climate change,how about lowering our taxes?You can't lower the sea level.Every homeowner pays for flood insurance if they are impacted.We are one of the most

taxed states in the nation,what are you going to do about that problem?

Guest

not going to anything for dummies keep voting for democrats who like to tax you to pay for unions/illegals who will vote them back into power...ahhahahahahahahaha

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