Tim Cronin

March 19th Roundup: The GOP’s Climate Re-election Dilemma

Not a Subscriber? Sign up here. - Our Exclusive Interview with the New House Climate Change Chair: Longtime climate champion Frank I. Smizik retired from the legislature in late 2018. He left behind a legacy that included serving as chair of the...

Our Exclusive Interview with the New House Climate Change Chair

Longtime climate champion Frank I. Smizik retired from the legislature in late 2018. He left behind a legacy that included serving as chair of the House Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change for almost a decade. His successor, Representative...

March 12 Roundup: With Offshore Wind, Must We Pick Between Low Price or Local Investment?

OFFSHORE WIND - MA Facing Major Hurdles in Offshore Wind Dominance: Massachusetts may have been a first mover on offshore wind when it announced its goal of producing 1,600 MW of offshore wind power, but other states are catching up. This...

Care About Climate Change? Keep an Eye On the State Budget.

Organizations, businesses, and activists working to push Massachusetts to address climate change tend to spend most of our time focusing on legislation. This makes sense, since the bold policies that are necessary to decarbonize our economy will come from bills,...

March 5th Roundup: Controversial Baker Budget Proposal May Reduce Climate Funding

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS-- -Controversial Baker Budget Proposal May Reduce Climate Funding: Hidden inside the Governor’s proposed $42.7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2020, in the section that authorizes spending of revenue from the state’s participation...

Feb 26th Roundup: Speaker DeLeo Announces $1b “Green Works” Investments

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS-- -House Speaker Announces $1B “GreenWorks” Communities Investment Initiative: In a surprise announcement last Friday, House Speaker Robert Deleo and House energy committee Chair Tom Golden outlined a new bill that aims to help municipalities invest...

Feb 19th Roundup: Boston EPA Office Shrinks Staff, Sparks Concern

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS-- -Legislative update: After much anticipation, the House and Senate released committees assignments last Thursday. In the Senate, President Spilka’s pick for the powerful Senate Ways & Means Committee chair surprising fell to moderate...

Feb 12th Roundup: Climate Impacts Boston’s Traffic Congestion

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. TRAFFIC & CLIMATE-- -Local Gridlock, Global Climate Impacts in Boston: According to a new report by transit data firm Inrix, Boston has beat out Los Angeles and become the metropolitan area with the worse commuting congestion in...

7 Beacon Hill Climate & Energy Bills to Watch

Legislators had two weeks to sign onto bills filed in the new session, a process known as cosponsorship. Over that period, a host of bills addressing climate change and promoting clean energy received a lot of attention, with multiple lobby...