Rhode Island would push to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels under legislation pending in the General Assembly.
A state legislative panel reviewed the proposal Thursday night.
Rhode Island already has emission reduction goals, but the new proposal would speed up the process. By 2020, state emissions would be reduced to 20 percent below 1990 emission levels. Stricter limits would go into effect in 2050.
The bill would create a commission to propose ways to use renewable energy and energy conservation to meet the goals.
Rep. Arthur Handy, a Cranston Democrat and the bill’s main sponsor, says it will be easier to address climate change in the future if the state prepares to reduce emissions now.