By Bob Katzen
Massachusetts, like most states, currently has a law to prevent utility shut offs during the winter months. However only 19 states have similar provisions for dealing with extreme heat in the summer months. Recent reports from scientists indicate that Massachusetts residents can expect extreme heat conditions annually for the foreseeable future.”
—Former Sen. Dick Moore, Legislative Chair of the Dignity Alliance urging passage of a bill to protect older adults and people with disabilities for having utilities shut-off during periods of extreme heat.
“This contract demonstrates the T’s commitment toward reducing its emissions and is another step toward reaching our climate goals. In addition to reducing the Authority’s greenhouse gas emissions, these 40-foot battery electric buses have many amenities to enhance our riders’ experience, like flip-up seats, accessibility features and dual-sided passenger information screens.”
— MBTA General Manager Philip Eng announcing the MBTA’s new $119 million contract with New Flyer of America Inc. for the production and delivery of 80 new, low-floor, 40-foot battery electric buses.
“It could be ‘Plastic-Free July’ all year round if we can get this bill over the finish line. Reusable bags are ready and waiting.”
—Janet Domenitz of MASSPIRG on proposed legislation to eliminate single-use plastic bags in the Bay State.
“As Massachusetts will experience some of its most intense heat in the coming days, it’s important for people to make a plan to stay safe – including staying hydrated, limiting strenuous activity and checking in on one another. We’ve expanded hours at DCR swimming pools, beaches, waterfronts and spray decks to allow for more opportunities for residents to cool off. We’re grateful to the workers who are putting in the time and effort to support these extended hours. All of us can do our part to help our friends and neighbors beat the heat.”
—Gov. Maura Healey.