Should the Legislature move as promised by House Speaker Ronald Mariano and Senate President Karen E. Spilka, it would mark a show of force with speed rarely seen in the Legislature, where officials are often constrained by the sluggish gears of the legislative process.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he is reviewing legislation passed by lawmakers that would overhaul the state's climate laws, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create renewable energy jobs and protect poorer communities that can be at higher risk from pollution.
With the time left to make a deal ticking away and other matters jockeying for attention, climate policy advocates are mounting an effort — one group declared it “an all-out offensive" — to keep pressure on the group of lawmakers negotiating a climate bill.
US climate advocates have their highest-profile evidence yet that putting the crisis first can win elections. And it arrived in an unlikely package: a 74-year-old Senate incumbent, who garnered intense grassroots support from young activists.
Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.