Making Good on the Law

To cut climate-warming emissions, we need bold local action. In 2008, Massachusetts and Connecticut both took such action when they passed Global Warming Solutions Acts – the strongest climate mandates in the nation. And after extensive work by CLF, the Commonwealth added ambitious updates to these climate goals in 2017.

CLF in Action

CLF was instrumental in the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) in Massachusetts, which requires the state to ratchet down greenhouse gas emissions each year. The ultimate goal is to cut emissions 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (below 1990 levels). The state was required to roll out regulations to accomplish this by 2012. But the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) didn’t follow through.

To force the Commonwealth to act, CLF, the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, and four courageous teenage plaintiffs sued the DEP. In May 2016, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously in our favor – stating that the state must act now to reduce greenhouse gases. Finally in August 2017, DEP issued new regulations designed to achieve their carbon pollution reductions, signaling the end of fossil fuels in the Commonwealth.