As the Federal Executive Branch denies climate change and separates from the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the United States, the states will fill the void. With the pending release of the National Climate Assessment, a report mandated by Congress, the the stakes will be even higher.
Massachusetts has dozens of bills filed addressing clean energy, renewable energy sources, and carbon reduction. There is no sign of any retrenching or back tracking on dealing with the climate change policy in Massachusetts and many other states. Just last week Massachusetts released updated regulations further reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Massachusetts Senate and House have Committees on Global Warming and Climate. The bills were filed and the committees were created before the United States withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement. It is anticipated that state involvement will only grow. Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement will escalate the proactive state oversight and policy direction for dealing with climate change and the economic and societal impacts. Clean energy policy is seen as good for job growth, the climate, public health, business, and economic growth.
A state by state approach can complicate matters by creating an ever greater patchwork of laws, regulations, and policy on energy and climate. At this time, however, even more important to pay attention to the policy discussion at the state level. It is evident that state and local action is the only viable option to deal with the issue. States like Massachusetts and California will drive the change and continue to lead the way.
The “regional” approach to states addressing clean energy and climate change should also see renewed interest. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (RGGI) includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This regional coalition was already part of the first mandatory market-based program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI purpose was to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector and has already show results. Just this summer, a bi-partisan group of four New England governors’ have already committed to abiding by the Paris Climate agreement.
Comprehensive Legislation has been filed for this session in Massachusetts dealing with all facets of clean and renewable energy, emissions, and carbon reduction. The following is just a small sample of the relevant bills filed that could impact energy costs, energy supply, and fees or taxes on individuals and businesses:
- Senate 1880, An Act creating 21st Century Massachusetts Clean Energy Jobs;
- Senate1560, An Act for revenue-neutral carbon surcharge via shift from sales tax to transportation fuel tax;
- House 1726, An Act to promote green infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.We at TBG, are experts in direct lobbying with local, state, and federal officials. If you would like to discuss the election process further please reach out to us or reach out to us here for a complimentary Consultation. Also To learn about our other areas of expertise, our accomplishments, and our team, please visit us at The Brennan Group.
We at TBG, are experts in direct lobbying with local, state, and federal officials. Please reach out to us here for a complimentary Consultation. Hopefully, this short guide will help prepare you for the next steps in your process. Also To learn about our other areas of expertise, our accomplishments, and our team, please visit us at The Brennan Group.