Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes climate action bill

If you were hoping for climate action in Massachusetts, you’ll have to wait at least a little longer. 

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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.

If you were hoping for climate action in Massachusetts, you’ll have to wait at least a little longer. 

On Jan. 14, Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a climate action bill that would have cut energy waste and increased renewable electricity in Massachusetts. The bill, which passed in the state House and Senate, would have set goals to source 40 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. 

“Signing this bill would have moved us toward a cleaner, healthier future,” said Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein. “Instead, the governor’s veto is sticking us with the dirty, polluting fuels of the past.”

State House and Senate leaders refiled the bill on Jan. 20 in hopes of returning the legislation to the governor. If he vetoes the bill again, this time the Legislature will have an opportunity to override his action.

Read more about the veto.

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Photo: Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein led supporters advocating for clean energy in front of the Massachusetts State House in 2017. 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.