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Mass. Gov. Vetoes Climate Bill to Eliminate Carbon Emissions

Mass. Gov. Vetoes Climate Bill to Eliminate Carbon Emissions

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a sweeping climate bill on Thursday that would have put the commonwealth on a path to eliminating carbon emissions by 2050.

Baker’s veto sets up a confrontation between the Republican governor and the Democratic supermajority-controlled legislature. The bill would have also directed utilities to purchase more offshore wind power, set efficiency standards for appliances, and required that 40% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The governor’s veto came under pressure from developers, […]

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    First Fatal Shark Attack in Massachusetts Since 1936

    First Fatal Shark Attack in Massachusetts Since 1936

    A Massachusetts man died Saturday after what is believed to be the first deadly shark attack in that state since 1936, CNN reported Sunday. The death comes as the population of great white sharks off Cape Cod has increased in recent years following the rebounding of the seal population there. “Overall, I don’t think there’s […]

    New England Seal Die-Off Could be Linked to Chemical Pollution

    New England Seal Die-Off Could be Linked to Chemical Pollution

    Researchers think a mysterious die-off of seals along the Maine coast could be linked to chemical pollution, the Portland Press Herald reported Sunday. More than 400 dead or stranded seals have washed up on the Maine coast so far this year, more than in any of the past seven years, according to National Oceanic and […]

    Spectra Energy Got to Edit Its Air Pollution Permit for Atlantic Bridge Gas Project

    Spectra Energy Got to Edit Its Air Pollution Permit for Atlantic Bridge Gas Project

    By Itai Vardi

    Massachusetts environmental officials allowed Spectra Energy to quietly review and edit a draft approval of an air pollution permit the state plans to grant the company for its Atlantic Bridge gas project. According to emails obtained by DeSmog through an open records request, this privilege of reviewing and editing the draft approval was granted exclusively […]

    States Lead the Way Toward 100% Renewable Energy

    States Lead the Way Toward 100% Renewable Energy

    Lawmakers in California and Massachusetts have recently introduced bills that would require their respective states to get all of its electricity from renewable energy sources. California Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), who introduced SB 584 last Friday, would require the Golden State to have a carbon-free grid by 2045. It would also accelerate […]

    Massachusetts Might Become America’s First State to Commit to 100% Renewables

    Massachusetts Might Become America’s First State to Commit to 100% Renewables

    Clean energy supporters in Massachusetts announced legislation Monday, backed by more than a quarter of the state legislature, committing Massachusetts to get 100 percent of its energy needs from clean and renewable sources by mid-century.

    https://twitter.com/EcoWatch/status/820463036171481089 The legislation, introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Sean Garballey and Marjorie Decker and in the Senate by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, establishes targets for Massachusetts to meet its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2035 and all of its energy needs, including heating and transportation, from renewable sources by 2050. “The supporters […]

    84-Year-Old Grandmother’s Crusade to Ban Bottled Water

    84-Year-Old Grandmother’s Crusade to Ban Bottled Water

    “I’m going to keep on going because I’m too mean to die.” These are the words of Jean Hill, resident of Concord, Massachusetts and star of a new documentary, Divide In Concord, which follows the entertaining tale of Hill and fellow activists’ campaign to ban bottled water in their small town. Concord, birthplace of the American Revolution […]