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MA - Climate Roadmap Bill Sent to Baker’s Desk

At the heart of the bill is the state's greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2050 and the legislation trains the state's attention on the work of getting there.

Massachusetts would adopt some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the country, dial up thousands of more megawatts of cleaner offshore wind power, encourage natural gas utilities to explore other services they could provide in the future, and put an explicit emphasis on helping the most overburdened communities cope with the effects of climate change under a compromise climate policy bill shipped by lawmakers to the governor's desk Monday.

At the heart of the bill is the state's greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2050 and the legislation trains the state's attention on the work of getting there. Sen. Michael Barrett, who led negotiations for that chamber, said the 2050 target is the "anchor for everything we do." The six lawmakers who have been hammering out a compromise climate bill since early August filed their final product late Sunday afternoon and passed it with ease through both chambers Monday with no debate and just 11 lawmakers voting in opposition.

"The Next Generation Roadmap bill will put our Commonwealth on a path toward a cleaner, healthier, more equitable, and prosperous future," Environmental League of Massachusetts President Elizabeth Turnbull Henry said. "The legislation will shape how the Commonwealth achieves its mandated target of net-zero emissions by 2050. It equips our state to build a 21st Century economy by promoting emissions reductions, energy efficiency, workforce development, environmental justice, health, and safety."

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