Written by Jessica Colarossi
On January 14, 2021, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker vetoed an ambitious piece of climate action legislation, named the “Next-Generation Roadmap,” which was passed by the State Legislature earlier in the month. The proposed bill would require Massachusetts to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It would also put environmental justice definitions into law for the first time in the state’s history, ramp up offshore wind power by thousands of more megawatts, and make Massachusetts one of the country’s most aggressively focused states on reducing carbon emissions.
Since Baker’s veto, lawmakers have already refiled the bill in hopes that it will once again swiftly pass through the State House and Senate to land back on the governor’s desk, albeit with some changes expected to be added by Baker.
“I hope they can negotiate the differences and address them accordingly,” says Dennis Carlberg, Boston University’s associate vice president for sustainability and adjunct assistant professor of earth and environment, who is an energy conservation and sustainability leader in Boston and Massachusetts. “We have to move forward with this.”
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