Environment
5:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates To Lay Out Plans For Tackling Climate Change Impacts

The four Democratic candidates running for governor will outline this morning how they will address climate change threats if elected governor. 

Gina Raimondo is one of four Democratic candidates running for governor, including Clay Pell, Angel Taveras, and Todd Giroux.
Gina Raimondo is one of four Democratic candidates running for governor, including Clay Pell, Angel Taveras, and Todd Giroux.
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The candidates will lay out those plans at a forum sponsored by the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) and the nonprofit online news outlet EcoRI. ECRI president Jamie Rhodes said only the Democratic candidates agreed to join.  He said the issue of climate change affects the Ocean state regardless of party lines. 

“We understand that more jobs and developing our economy are an important part for every campaign," said Rhodes. "But we have to know how we are going to do that in an era where we see our seas creep up and that we are talking about loss of coastal property, loss of business in coastal properties, loss of public services.”

Rhodes said it’s important to know where our next governor stands in both mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

The forum will begin with short presentations by scientists, who’ll outline how climate change is affecting Rhode Island and why the state is in a unique position to be a leader in tackling climate change impacts, followed by a moderated discussion with the candidates.

The event takes place at Brown University's List Art Building, Room 120 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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