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Massachusetts Senate Again Approves Sweeping Climate Bill

The Massachusetts Senate again approved a sweeping climate change bill that has bounced between lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker for the past several months.

Both Baker and lawmakers say they support a key element of the bill — creating a net-zero greenhouse gas emission limit by 2050.

U.S. News reports that the bill includes additional steps like incremental goals every five years to reach a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 before meeting the 2050 goal.

The bill would also strengthen protections for “environmental justice populations” — typically lower income communities facing greater health risks from pollution; create a specialized energy code that would allow for net-zero building construction for towns that want it; and increase the production of offshore wind energy.

Baker said that the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world must achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

In a joint statement, the Democratic leaders of both chambers — Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Ronald Mariano said that it’s possible to fight climate change, grow the economy, and support the most vulnerable at the same time. 

Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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