It’s not always the case, but my speculation about the Massachusetts climate bill was correct. On Friday, Governor Baker signed it into law. If I haven’t succeeded in making this clear previously, I want to emphasize that this is a really far-reaching piece of legislation. It commits Massachusetts to a very aggressive timetable for reducing GHG emissions. It species a number of specific policies, including a massive increase in the procurement of offshore wind (just to highlight one example) to get there, and it truly integrates environmental justice into the fabric of the Commonwealth’s climate efforts – and its environmental protection programs more generally.
If you did not think that it was possible to combine the mundane and the inspirational in the same event, you can watch the signing ceremony here. I really recommend it only for true climate policy wonks and those with serious insomnia.