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Calling Governor Patrick: Hold the Line Against Dirty Fuels in Massachusetts!
by Jenny Rushlow

Today 15 environmental organizations, including CLF, submitted this letter to Governor Deval Patrick. The letter calls on Governor Patrick to step up and take action against the anticipated entry of high-carbon tar sands–derived fuels into the Commonwealth’s fuel supply. Massachusetts has taken some important steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – leadership in the Regional…

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Stopping State Handouts for Sprawl
by Sandy Levine

Over the past year it has been troubling to see large new development projects planned for areas around Vermont’s highway interchanges. It was not that long ago that Vermont’s then Governor Howard Dean issued an executive order protecting our highway interchanges from sprawl development. Our public dollars created the interstates and we have a responsibility…

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New England Out Front in New Action Plan for Zero-Emission Vehicles
by Ava Azad

Yesterday the New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont, together with California, Maryland, New York, and Oregon, released a new Action Plan announcing the roadmap to achieving their collective goal of putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025.  The Action Plan puts meat on the bones of a…

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Grassroots Tell Governors: Keep Out Tar Sands!
by Jenny Rushlow

New England citizens have been sending a strong message to their governors: block the looming invasion of dirty tar sands-derived fuels from their states, and do it now.  Recently, citizens sent more than 5,000 letters in Massachusetts and more than 1,300 letters in Vermont to Governors Patrick and Shumlin, asking the Governors to block tar…

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Conservation Matters Spring 2014: Year in Review

Hitting Its Stride: The Transformation of Our Energy System is Reaching its Tipping Point… Clean Solutions for Dirty Water: Stopping Nutrient Pollution from Laying Waste to Our Waterways… Pioneering Ocean Planning: Making Room for All the Fish (and More) in the Sea…Funding on the Move: Solving New England’s Transportation Puzzle… A Model Investment: Building Healthy Communities One Neighborhood at a Time

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Transportation Matters for Maine
by Malcolm Burson

Let’s face it, Maine is a big rural state (larger than the five remaining New England states taken together), where lowering greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles has been and will be a continuing challenge. CLF’s Maine office is actively engaged in three different projects with a wide range of partners who are determined to find…

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Patrick Administration’s New Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Poised to Rev Up Key Clean Energy Sector
by Jenny Rushlow

Last Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick announced the roll-out of a brand-new electric-vehicle (EV) rebate program in Massachusetts. At a celebration of the launch of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority’s electric transit bus fleet, Governor Patrick announced that the new $2 million initiative – the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOREV) program – will provide…

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Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition Releases Progress Report on Transportation Finance Act of 2013
by Rafael Mares

A new report released today by Transportation for Massachusetts and co-authored by CLF Staff Attorney Rafael Mares evaluates the implementation of the Transportation Finance Act of 2013 since its passage last July. The report is the first in a series of planned progress reports aimed at ensuring the new law’s success at addressing the most…

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MBTA Buses Narrowly Avoid Getting Thrown Under the Bus
by Rafael Mares

When the draft five-year Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Capital Investment Plan (CIP) came out on January 9, 2014, it was natural to look for what was missing. After all, the Transportation Finance Act of 2013 provided an average of $600 million per year to fill a state-wide transportation funding gap of at least $1…

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Massachusetts Leading the Way on Electric Vehicle Transit
by Christine Chilingerian

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) is about to make Massachusetts a national leader in electric vehicle, or “EV”, transit. The WRTA has just purchased three additional electric buses, which will join the existing bus fleet of 46. This includes ten hybrid buses (diesel-electric) as well as three existing electric buses. With a grand total…