We can end our region’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Climate change is a problem of broken, outdated systems. New England’s energy grid remains dominated by dirty oil and gas, while our gas-powered cars, trucks, and buses not only damage our climate but pollute the air we breathe.
We have a responsibility – and an opportunity – to lead by taking local action to cut emissions, make polluting businesses pay, and build a new economy based on innovation and clean, renewable energy.
CLF is committed to cutting New England’s fossil fuel use in half by 2030, with the ultimate goal of reaching net-zero dirty emissions by 2050. Using our legislative, policy, and regulatory expertise, we are:
- Passing and implementing binding laws in every New England state to cut climate-damaging emissions. We’ve already passed mandates in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Now we’re pushing state leaders to follow through on these legal promises.
- Boosting affordable electric vehicles regionwide. We want to see a five-fold increase in the number of zero-emission vehicles on New England’s roads and rails. Getting there means passing clean cars regulations and pushing for buses, trains, and freight vehicles to go electric, too. We’re also advocating for incentives and requirements for utility companies to support a growing market in charging infrastructure and low-cost charging options.
- Shutting down our region’s last remaining coal plants and blocking misguided new technologies with large carbon footprints, such as waste-to-energy facilities and biomass.
- Pushing for policies that lower the region’s demand for electricity. Energy efficiency programs will help us manage the region’s energy use even as we use more electricity for vehicles and heating.
CLF’s New England-wide reach gives us a unique, people-centered perspective – we understand the politics and regulatory processes at a local level while bringing the lessons learned from one state to bear in another. Together, we can end our reliance on dirty fossil fuels and transform our economy into one built on clean, reliable energy.