Global Warming Solutions Act

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New Law Will Increase State’s Reliance On Renewable Energy

… Greg Cunningham — the energy and climate program director at the Conservation Law Foundation, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the state over its implementation of Global Warming Solutions Act — said in a statement that while the bill isn’t perfect, it’s a big step forward. “The forward-thinking diversity of resources advanced by this law, including offshore…

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Renewable Power Push Threatens Last Two New England Reactors

… “This legislation has the potential to not just forestall, but avoid the increase in carbon resources,” Greg Cunningham, director of clean energy and climate change for the Conservation Law Foundation, said in an interview. “It really could be transformational, not just for Massachusetts but for the region itself.” Read more here…

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Senate Energy Bill Sets Right Course for Commonwealth’s Future

“Today’s bill answers the call of millions throughout Massachusetts demanding a viable path toward a clean energy future,” said CLF attorney Caitlin Peale Sloan. “Ensuring the health of our communities and environment tomorrow requires bold action on climate change today, and this bill is undoubtedly the strongest we’ve seen from this legislature. While it falls short of addressing rampant gas leaks in the system or public subsidies for fossil fuel pipelines, it brings us significantly closer to the energy solutions necessary to move our state and our region forward.”

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Here’s How Massachusetts Can Ensure It Cuts Emissions by 25% by 2020
by David Ismay

In a sweeping, landmark decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently confirmed that the Global Warming Solutions Act is the law of the land regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The Act’s emissions reduction limits are legally enforceable, and executive agencies must ensure that the Commonwealth in fact cuts its carbon pollution to 80% of 1990…

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SJC sides with teens in global warming fight

… The students were joined by the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance and lawyers from the Conservation Law Foundation. They argued that the state misinterpreted the Global Warming Solutions Act — a 2008 state law that requires a 25-percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80-percent 
reduction by 2050. Read more here…

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CLF Victory: Highest Court in Massachusetts Enforces Global Warming Solutions Act
by Jenny Rushlow

By Jenny Rushlow and David Ismay In a sweeping unanimous opinion yesterday, the highest court in the Commonwealth confirmed that Massachusetts’s landmark 2008 climate protection law, the Global Warming Solutions Act, requires that the state take enforceable action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis in order to achieve the law’s 2050 greenhouse…

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In Landmark Decision, Massachusetts’ Highest Court Upholds Climate Law Mandate

“This is a historic day,” said Jenny Rushlow, CLF’s lead attorney on the case. “Today our highest court declared clearly and unequivocally that our leaders can no longer sit on their hands while Massachusetts communities are put at risk from the effects of climate change. Thanks to this landmark decision, our role as a national leader in battling climate change has only been stalled but not sacrificed. Now, with action from DEP, we can get back on track and ensure that the health of our families and future generations is always a top priority.”

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Court: Massachusetts Failed to Adopt Greenhouse Gas Limits

… The state’s highest court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and sided with environmental groups that sued Massachusetts for failing to adopt strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Lawyers for the Conservation Law Foundation, the Massachusetts Energy Consumer Alliance and four Boston and Wellesley teenagers had asked the courts to rule that the state hasn’t…