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Full Speed Ahead for Offshore Wind in New England
by Megan Herzog

Today marks an incredible milestone for Massachusetts, and a monumental step forward toward a clean energy economy in New England. Massachusetts’ three biggest electric companies issued a ground-breaking request for bids for offshore wind energy. Wind developers will now compete to sell Massachusetts residents at least 400 megawatts (and up to a whopping 800 megawatts)…

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Massachusetts Has A New Bill Promoting Electric Vehicles
by Megan Herzog

Last week, in the waning hours of the Massachusetts General Court’s informal legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill dedicated to promoting electric vehicles (or “EVs”).  S.2505, “An Act promoting zero emission vehicle adoption,” is a positive step forward toward a cleaner, electrified, more consumer-friendly transportation future. The bill is aimed at helping communities across the Commonwealth promote…

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Maine Rejects Big Gas’s Gamble – For Now
by Emily Green

Last week, the Maine Public Utilities Commission closed the latest chapter (for now) in the ongoing saga that is the demise of Spectra’s Access Northeast Project when it decided to indefinitely postpone its proceedings on the ill-conceived natural gas pipeline proposal. Previously, the Commission decided to move forward with a contract for natural gas capacity…

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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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Why We’ve Filed Suit Against ExxonMobil
by Veronica Eady

As the former Executive Director of Roxbury-based Alternatives for Community and Environment and current Director of CLF Massachusetts, I’ve spent my career fighting for environmental justice, including the challenges faced by the communities along the Mystic River. That’s why I am so excited to take on one of the biggest issues we face: pollution in…

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Lessons on Offshore Wind from Copenhagen
by Veronica Eady

Do you remember the energy crisis of the 1970s? Countries like the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe – all overly-reliant on foreign oil – faced oil shortages and spiking prices. Perhaps you’ve seen images of cars lining up to purchase gasoline, or heard stories of gasoline rationing. If your license plate ended in an odd…

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Drought in New England: Expect the Unexpected
by Sumana Chintapalli

What does the climate have to do with the food system? A lot, it turns out. This relationship plays out in different ways, but lately we have been seeing an awful lot of one particular aspect. From the production side to the business side of agriculture, drought and heat are a dangerous combination. Drought conditions…

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Turning The Tide on Dirty Energy: MA Supreme Judicial Court Weighs In
by David Ismay

For the second time this summer, the highest court in the Commonwealth has ruled unanimously and unambiguously in CLF’s favor, confirming that it is illegal for the Baker administration to force businesses and families to subsidize the construction of private gas pipelines via a tax on our monthly electric bills. The court’s wise decision—together with…