Warmists Sue Mass. Over Failing To Reduce Emissions

This one caught my eye, because it always seems to be about Big Government solutions with this crowd

(Boston Globe) At a Beacon Hill hearing in November, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton was asked whether the state, if it continues current policies without taking new action, would meet its legal obligation to make substantial cuts to its carbon emissions by the end of the decade.

“Not a chance,” he told members of the state Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, even as he stressed that the administration supports new steps, such as importing hydroelectric power, to reduce emissions.

That answer, which alarmed some lawmakers, has been cited as evidence in briefs to the Supreme Judicial Court that the state has failed to take sufficient action to comply with the state’s 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, which requires the state to cut its greenhouse gases 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

This week, lawyers for the Conservation Law Foundation will argue before the state’s top court that the administrations of Governor Charlie Baker and former governor Deval Patrick have violated the law by not enacting policies that would result in the required emissions reductions. The challenge of making those cuts, they note, will be greater with Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station — the state’s largest provider of clean power — set to close as early as next year.

Interestingly, much of the rest of the article notes how difficult, and expensive!, it is to comply with the law these fools in Massachusetts passed. And that they seem to be putting quite a bit of their eggs in the hydropower basket, much of which would need to come from other states. We even get a quote from Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Warmism) yammering about the need for “political will to move forward”.

That said, is it just me, or does anyone else find it interesting that the solution always seems to be “More and bigger government” rather than “say, I believe in this, so, what can I change in my own life to help”? It’s almost like this is about politics, not science.

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One Response to “Warmists Sue Mass. Over Failing To Reduce Emissions”

  1. bob sykes says:

    All, as in all, of the hydropower will come from HYdroQuebec, which operates some 60 hydro generating facilities throughout the Province, including the plant at Niagra.

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