Massachusetts Court Upholds and Reinforces Major Climate Law

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September 4, 2018 (BOSTON) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decision to uphold Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rules establishing carbon emissions caps on New England power generators. The decision allows the DEP to enforce the declining emissions limits set forth in the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act.

“Today’s decision is an unqualified win for climate leadership in Massachusetts,” said Bradley Campbell, President of CLF. “Carbon pollution poses a major threat to our environment, our health, and our economy, and the Court’s opinion is a resounding call for the electricity sector to offer climate solutions rather than resistance and roadblocks.”

Conservation Law Foundation was instrumental in passing the original Global Warming Solutions Act, and submitted briefs in support of the DEP rules that the SJC upheld today. CLF is pushing for strong climate laws and mandatory emissions reductions in every New England state. You can read more about this effort here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.