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The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a climate bill today that, though amended from its original version, falls far short of transitioning Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy.
The House Ways & Means Committee advanced a climate bill today that falls far short of transitioning Massachusetts to 100% renewable energy, a goal endorsed by a majority of House members.
For what would become the nation’s most effective conservation and recreation law, it was an awkward beginning.
With summer in full swing, water pollution can close Massachusetts’ beaches or put swimmers' health at risk. In 2019, tests showed potentially unsafe levels of pollution on at least one day at 257 beaches in Massachusetts, according to Safe for Swimming, a new report from Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center.
"With today’s passage of this bill, we’re one step away from putting a lock and key on funding that has always been intended for conservation projects -- yet consistently diverted to other purposes. We’re closer to adopting a new consciousness for today’s world, that our lives are made richer if surrounded by more nature, rather than more extracted resources."