GOV. CHARLIE BAKER TESTIFIES ON CLIMATE CHANGE

By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker flew to Washington to testify on global warming before the House Committee on Natural Resources. He praised the bi-partisanship that help put the Bay State at the forefront of the climate change movement. “The magnitude of the impacts from climate change requires all of us – at the federal, state and local levels – to put politics aside and work together,” said Baker. “That is the path we have taken in Massachusetts.”
He noted that Massachusetts was one of the first states in the nation to establish a mandate to reduce carbon emissions by at least 25 percent below 1990 levels in 2020 and 80 percent below by 2050. He added, “We believe it is essential to establish federal targets for emissions reductions that can vary by state or region. In our state’s experience, setting an aggressive target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions provides the foundation for clean energy policy, sends a clear signal to industry, and enables long-range planning.”

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