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Sept. 10th Roundup: Offshore Wind Delays Threaten MA Climate Targets

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - “Offshore wind delays highlight increasing challenge to Massachusetts’ climate goals” (Benjamin Storrow, Climatewire via Energy News Network): “The Bay State’s carbon-cutting efforts now face a series of hurdles that threaten to...

Aug. 27th Roundup: New Study Shows Northeast Emissions Getting Higher

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - “Energy companies spending millions lobbying Beacon Hill” (Steve Leblanc, Associated Press via the UnionTimes): “Companies representing a range of energy interests, from old-school oil and gas to renewables like solar and...

Aug. 20th Roundup: Will Kennedy–Markey Primary Divide Climate Activists?

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Will A Kennedy-Markey Primary Divide Environmental Community? Probably Not: It seems like everyone in state politics has lost their minds since local Politico reporter Stephanie Murray first broke the possibility of a primary challenge...

Aug. 13th Roundup: Mass. Mayors Endorse Carbon Pricing

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Salem & Holyoke Mayors Endorse Rep Benson’s Carbon Pricing Proposal: In an op-ed for Commonwealth Magazine, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse outlined why they support an ambitious...

August 6th Roundup: Goodbye Offshore Wind Caps

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - GreenWorks Heads to Senate, Advocates Hope for Swift Action: GreenWorks (H.3997) has left the building, or at least has left the House. Its prospects in the Senate remain less clear....

July 30th Roundup: This local tree is…live-tweeting?

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Baker Unveils $18 Billion Transportation Bond Bill, Targets Climate Change: On Friday (July 26th) Governor Baker released a transportation bond bill (HD.4396) calling for $18 billion in new capital to...

July 23rd Roundup: Beacon Hill Leaders Advance (Some) Climate, Energy Bills

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - GreenWorks House Vote Scheduled For Tomorrow: Continuing its rapid progress, Speaker DeLeo’s GreenWorks bill (H.3987) is on the schedule for a vote before the full House during formal session tomorrow (Wednesday, July...

The New Face of Climate Denial

Dog whistle tactics, solutions skepticism, and the continued efforts to undermine climate action   BY MICHAEL GREEN AND MARIA VIRGINIA OLANO Denying climate change is becoming increasingly unacceptable as scientific consensus on the matter is largely no longer debatable (thankfully). However, what has...

July 16th Roundup: How Hot will the Bay State Get?

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Carbon Pricing Receives Airing in Commonwealth Magazine: Last week the Commonwealth Magazine ran two opinion editorials on carbon pricing in Massachusetts. One authored by the Mass Fiscal Alliance, a shadowy dark money funded group known...