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November 7, 2019

Contact Name: Mindi Messmer

Phone: (603) 812-7164


Mindi Messmer and Senator Dan Feltes Call on Gov. Sununu and AG MacDonald to Stand up for New Hampshire on the Climate Crisis

Portsmouth, NH– Yesterday, Senator Dan Feltes and Mindi Messmer issued a letter to Governor Sununu and Attorney General MacDonald requesting they file action similar to Rhode Island against oil and gas corporations that have harmed New Hampshire. State Senator Dan Feltes, candidate for Governor of New Hampshire, and Mindi Messmer, candidate for Executive Council District 3 issued the following joint statement:

“Governor Sununu and the executive branch have completely failed on the climate crisis. By vetoing clean and renewable energy legislation, Governor Sununu has hurt our families, our communities, and our businesses by increasing their electric costs, stymying resiliency investments, shunning the high-quality clean energy jobs of tomorrow, and refusing to combat this crisis that hurts everyone, especially those on the seacoast. We are requesting that the State of New Hampshire take legal action against the oil and gas corporations for their role in causing the climate crisis. We hope Governor Sununu will put the interests of New Hampshire above the interests of the fossil fuel corporations and take action.”


On Background:

Please find the letter sent to Governor Sununu and Attorney General MacDonald here. 

Please find more information on the lawsuits filed by Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York here and here

Clean Energy Legislation Vetoed by Governor Sununu in 2019:

  • HB 365 (prime sponsor Rep. Moffett) on net metering and advancing clean energy projects at a local level here in New Hampshire.
  • HB 582 (prime sponsor Rep. Mann) on advancing energy efficiency.
  • SB 72 (prime sponsor Sen. Fuller Clark) on prohibiting a misapplication of renewable energy credits by utilities that impairs renewable energy development. 
  • SB 167 (prime sponsor Sen. Feltes) establishing a clean energy procurement commission and funding the staff to represent New Hampshire ratepayers on the regional level against unfair electric costs.
  • SB 168 (prime sponsor Sen. Feltes) ramping up solar generation requirement in New Hampshire – to roughly half of surrounding states. This veto has already stymied resiliency and investment in solar energy projects in NH cities and towns like Portsmouth where a decision was made not to advance a large solar landfill project citing the net-metering cap and return on investment constraints after the veto.

Governor Sununu did sign SB 165 (prime sponsor Sen. Feltes), but Mike Sununu and others have sought to undermine its application (see Right-To-Know Request here).  

The impact of the climate crisis on New Hampshire is well-documented; see, for example: New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission ReportUS Environmental Protection Agency New Hampshire fact sheetand NH Department of Environmental Services Fact Sheet.

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