Massachusetts: Show us leadership!

Come to the Global Warming Solutions Act Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 22, 6pm, in Mission Hill. Speak out in favor of a Massachusetts greenhouse gas reduction target of 25% by 2020. (Could, and probably should, be more ambitious but that’s the highest the legislature is willing to consider this year!)

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has held seven public hearings across Massachusetts on the Commonwealth’s proposed range for the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions limit as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). This is your final opportunity to speak out. Without public pressure, the goal could be set as low as 10%.

Background: In August 2008, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), making Massachusetts one of the first states in the nation to move forward with a comprehensive regulatory program to address climate change. The GWSA requires the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, in consultation with other state agencies and the public, to set economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals for Massachusetts that will achieve reductions of between 10 percent and 25 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2020.

The state has already put in place programs that are expected to yield a reduction of 18% but a more prudent 25% target would produce more aggressive support for energy conservation services, clean energy job creation, and healthier communities.

Please make plans to attend and speak at this hearing.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
6:00-8:00 pm
Tobin Community Center
1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing
(1 block from the Roxbury Crossing T-station on the Orange Line)

Written comments also will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2010. Written testimony must be submitted by email or mail to: climate.strategies@state.ma.us or Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Prevention, One Winter Street 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, Attn: Lee Dillard Adams.

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