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Global Warming Bill Passes on Final Day of Formal Sessions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Garrity   
Sunday, 03 August 2008

Massachusetts Joins nine other states in addressing Climate Change 

Boston, MA - August 1, 2008- With two hours left in the Formal Session of the two-year legislative session, the legislature sent S. 2540, "The Global Warming Solutions Act" to Governor Patrick who is expected to sign the bill in the next several days.With the passage of this critical bill Massachusetts regains her position as a leader in the fight against Climate Change. The bill, which had passed the Senate in a slightly different form in March, had spent the last four months in the House Ways and Means Committee.  After considerable negotiation and shows of public support for the bill a redrafted version emerged from the Ways and Means committee on Wednesday, the next to last day of Formal Sessions for the 185th sitting of the General Court.

Action before the end of Formal Sessions was important as had the bill been taken up during the "informal" sessions that take place from August to the sitting of a new legislature in January of 2009 any one member could have objected to the bill and it would have died for the year. The redrafted bill (final text is not yet available as changes were being made throughout the end of session Wednesday and Thursday) requires the state to develop programs and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 10% below 1990 level by 2020 and 80% by 2050.  The bill requires the administration to hold a hearing to determine the 2020 target, which may be as much as 25% below 1990 levels. The passage of this bill was a capstone to a session that saw the passage of The Green Communities Act, a landmark piece of legislation which should increase energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy, and A Green Jobs Act designed to increase opportunities for employment growth in the clean energy sector. As the final draft of the bill becomes available we will post it at   

The list of "heroes" is long and distinguished, from Senator Pacheco, the author of the legislation, to Speaker DiMasi, Senate President Murray, Representatives Brownsberger, Kaufman and Ehrlick, Chairman Smizik and Chairwoman Resor, and the Administration, from
Governor Patrick and Secretary Ian Bowles. MCAN appreciates the hard work of so many to bring this important legislation to fruition, and looks forward to the hard work ahead of implementing the kinds of policies that will reduce the Commonwealth's impact on Global Climate Change.

About Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)

As a coalition of locally organized groups of concerned citizens, MCAN uses a three-pronged approach to fight climate change. We promote carbon-reducing practices in our homes and communities; we support MCAN chapters and allied organizations to grow a focused statewide movement; and we communicate policy to members and leverage our collective voice at the Massachusetts state level.

Our website is, check us regularly for climate news, tips, and resources.

Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Rob Garrity, MCAN Executive Director
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