Climate bill becomes law in Massachusetts

Last January, there was only one thing standing between Bay Staters and legislation that would promise a cleaner, greener Massachusetts: the governor’s signature. 

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

Last January, there was only one thing standing between Bay Staters and legislation that would promise a cleaner, greener Massachusetts: the governor’s signature.  

After a series of roadblocks and Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of a climate bill in January, the governor signed a new climate bill into law on March 26. The bill will reduce energy waste from appliances, ensure that at least 40 percent of our state’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2030 and — as Massachusetts has the greatest offshore wind energy potential of every state in the country —  expand the Bay State’s commitment to offshore wind energy. 

“With Gov. Baker's signature today, Massachusetts has taken an important step toward a cleaner, healthier future,” said Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein. “This bill is Massachusetts' first big step on climate action in 2021 — but it can't be the last step.”

Environment Massachusetts is working to make 2021 the year our state sets its sights on 100 percent clean energy. 

Read more about the climate bill.

Learn more about our Global Warming campaign. 

ACT NOW

Tell your legislators to support the 100% Renewable Act to get Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

Photo: Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein leading a clean energy campaign rally in front of the Massachusetts State House in 2017. Photo Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.