Thank you to all of the Sustainable Wellesley volunteers who called, emailed and tweeted their state representatives. Your efforts paid off! At 9:30 pm on Friday, July 31, 2020, after consideration of 108 amendments on the floor, the House passed H.4912 (“An Act Creating a 2050 Roadmap to a Clean and Thriving Commonwealth”) by an overwhelming majority (142-17)!
Included in the original bill were emissions targets for 2030 and 2040, which require the state to reduce emissions by 50% and 75% below 1990 levels respectively, and
a commitment to a statewide net zero emission target by 2050. It also:
Because of pressure from activists like you, the above original bill was amended right before it passed, to make it stronger in several ways. Some examples include:
While there remains a lot of work to do to guarantee a rapid transition to a clean energy future in Massachusetts, the legislature is currently poised to pass a major climate package for the first time since the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The next step will take place in a Conference Committee, where this House Roadmap bill will be reconciled with the Senate’s NextGen bill.
Today, we are thanking Representative Alice Peisch for her part in the passage of the Roadmap Bill, and keeping up the fight for a better, more renewable, and more equitable future.
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