“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.”
… 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…
Yesterday, CLF appeared before Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court in a case that could dramatically impact our climate future in the Commonwealth and across New England. At the heart of the case is whether the state’s Department of Public Utilities can force businesses and families to finance multi-million-dollar investments in new natural gas pipelines and other…
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Last week, the Baker Administration released its first update to Massachusetts’ Clean Energy and Climate Plan. This plan – a requirement of the state’s landmark climate law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) – is intended to guide the state in reaching its statewide emissions limits of 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. In its…
Massachusetts is a state of extraordinary range – from our miles of coastline to the western mountains, our dense hardwood forests to our working farms, our thickly settled city neighborhoods to our rural village greens.
Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. Its impacts will be felt around the world, and we here in New England will not be immune.
“Massachusetts has a landmark law on the books to make us a national leader in reducing carbon pollution, but that law is meaningless if our leaders continue skirting their obligation to enforce it,” commented Rushlow.
On January 8, 2016, Massachusetts’ highest court will hear a landmark case brought by Conservation Law Foundation, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, and four courageous teenagers – Isabel Kain, Shamus Miller, James Coakley, and Olivia Gieger – asking that the Global Warming Solutions Act finally be fully enforced.
For Isabel, a 15-year-old sophomore at Boston Latin School, climate change is a big concern. That’s why, last November, Isabel and three other teens, alongside CLF and the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, sued the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for not meeting key obligations of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act.