carbon pollution

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Rhode Island General Assembly Fails to Make Progress on Environmental Initiatives, But Some Bad Bills Defeated
by Amy Moses

When the Rhode Island General Assembly convened for its 2018 session, CLF and our partners focused on several key measures aimed at combating climate change, reforming how energy projects are sited, and protecting our waters from offshore drilling. With progress on these issues stalled (or moving in reverse) at the national level, state and local…

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How Autonomous Vehicles Will Drive Our Budgets

Big changes are underway that will affect how Massachusetts residents get around. Companies are racing to bring autonomous vehicles to the market as quickly as possible. Self-driving vehicles are already on the streets in Boston’s Seaport District for testing purposes. We can expect them in more regular use as early as 2020 and widely available…

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Rhode Island Bill Mandates Cuts in Carbon Pollution
by Amy Moses

When President Trump announced that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement last summer, leaders across the country stood up and stepped in where the president had stepped out. Among those promising action was Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. Although Rhode Island already had goals for cutting carbon emissions, Raimondo…

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Conservation Matters Fall 2017

We are at a defining moment in the effort to avert the threat of climate catastrophe. President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord has put the United States on the wrong side of history. With renewed urgency, CLF is escalating our work to develop legally binding climate laws, like the one we helped create and enforce here in Massachusetts, in every New England state.

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Why We Need Solar Energy Now
by Bethany Kwoka

We all know that climate change is a big problem. From more severe storms to prolonged heat waves, climate change is here and it’s happening now. Luckily, clean energy solutions like solar panels can help both our planet and our economy. In the last five years, the amount of power generated by solar panels has…

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Carbon Pricing 101
by Samuel Niiro

With the Trump administration in denial about climate change, let alone the need for urgent climate action, it’s up to the states to take the lead on curbing carbon pollution. Here in New England, such leadership is nothing new. Massachusetts passed first-of-its-kind legislation to limit emissions back in 2008 and all six New England states…

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Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Massachusetts’ Path Forward
by David Ismay

In a recent Executive Order, Governor Baker broke his silence on this summer’s landmark decision by Massachusetts’ highest court on the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Court’s decision in Kain v. Dept. of Environmental Protection unanimously confirmed that Baker’s administration must act decisively to ensure the Commonwealth meets the Global Warming Solutions Act’s 2020 cap…

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RGGI Reform: How Strengthening RGGI’s Cap Will Help Battle Climate Change
by Phelps Turner

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) approaches its seventh anniversary, the program’s nine participating northeastern states – which includes all of New England – are conducting a periodic review of the program to assess its successes and impacts, as well as what, if any, modifications to implement. RGGI’s successes to date have been impressive. According…