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We act on the local level to promote climate stabilization and other important environmental goals.  

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Governor Baker's Climate Bill Amendments

On Feb. 7, Governor Baker sent the Next Generation Climate Bill (S. 9) back to the legislature with amendments.

MCAN has four asks of the Legislature when they reconsider the bill.

1) Keep the Environmental Justice language proposed by Governor Baker.

2) Keep the original Net Zero stretch code language in S.9

3) Keep clarifications made by the Baker Administration that the new stretch code code is opt-in only and should be incorporated into the base code by 2028.

4) Keep the original emissions reduction targets in S.9

MCAN has updated its Net Zero Stretch Code Advocacy Toolkit with new scripts that reflect the Governor's suggested amendments. Take a look and contact your legislator to demand that they urgently pass a climate bill that includes strong protections for Environmental Justice communities and a strong Net Zero Stretch Code!

Be a Climate Leader. Contact your legislators today!

From Sarah Dooling, Exec. Dir. Mass. Climate Action Network:

On Sunday, Governor Baker sent the Next Generation Climate Bill (S. 9) back to the legislature with amendments.

In relation to these new amendments, MCAN has four asks of the Legislature when they reconsider the bill.

 

1) Keep the Environmental Justice language proposed by Governor Baker.

 

This strengthened Environmental Justice language acknowledges the disproportionate burden of climate change on low-income and communities of color and strengthens the protections for communities most vulnerable to the climate crisis.

 

2) Keep the original Net Zero stretch code language in S.9

 

We are disappointed to see the Governor reject the Net Zero stretch code language in the original bill. We need healthy, sustainable, and affordable housing in the Commonwealth, and we need a Net Zero stretch code to get us there!

 

3) Keep clarifications made by the Baker Administration that the new stretch code code is opt-in only and should be incorporated into the base code by 2028.

 

This is in-line with the original intent of the Net Zero stretch code as an opt-in municipal pathway. By accepting this amendment while retaining the original net zero stretch code language, the Legislature has the opportunity to ensure that all new construction in MA is built to a healthier, safer, zero emissions standard by 2028.

 

4) Keep the original emissions reduction targets in S.9

 

Governor Baker has reduced the 2030 and 2040 emissions targets in S.9, which is not in line with our goal to decarbonize as quickly as possible. For a clean and livable future, we must set a 50% emissions reduction goal by 2030 and a 75% emissions reduction goal by 2040.

We have updated our Net Zero Stretch Code Advocacy Toolkit with new scripts that reflect the Governor's suggested amendments. Take a look and contact your legislator to demand that they urgently pass a climate bill that includes strong protections for Environmental Justice communities and a strong Net Zero Stretch Code!

Be a Climate Leader. Contact your legislators today!

 

 

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