Written by Emma Foehringer Merchant
The legislation also would have raised the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 40 percent by 2030.
Massachusetts lawmakers began 2021 by passing legislation imposing limitations on the state’s emissions in coming decades, codifying a broad, long-range target that Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s administration set out in a separate roadmap published in December.
On Thursday Jan. 14, Baker said he would not sign the climate bill, according to reporting from State House News Service, objecting to parts of the legislation that required net-zero-aligned building codes, which the governor suggested may stall home development in the state. The bill may be introduced again, as the state’s Democrats have set its passing as a priority.
“While the bill was never a complete picture, it was far and away more than we have. We now urge the legislature to act on their stated intent to refile and pass the bill immediately in the new session,” said Stephan Roundtree Jr., Northeast director at advocacy group Vote Solar, in a statement on the veto.
Under the legislation, Massachusetts must reduce emissions by 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and by 75 percent below 1990 levels by 2040. The state will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and carbon offsets may play a role.
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