A bill seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming was passed Monday afternoon by the House of Representatives after a more than four hour debate.
The bill was passed by a 131-16 vote and now heads to the Senate.
Proponents of the bill say it builds on the success of 2004 climate change legislation, which sets benchmarks for air pollution reduction. The bill passed Monday requires emissions to be capped at 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent emissions reductions from 2001 levels by 2050.
“It’s important that we are vigilant in being prepared to deal with the expected impacts of climate change. Connecticut doesn’t have the power to stop climate change, but we have the resources to diminish its impact,” Rep. Patricia Widlitz, D-Guilford, said in a press release.