BOSTON – 66 members of the Massachusetts Legislature have signed onto a statement pledging their support for the enactment and implementation of bold climate legislation before the end of the current session. The Climate Action Now! Statement has amassed a bipartisan coalition of key Senate and House leaders in recognition of the urgent need to accelerate the Commonwealth’s emissions reduction progress.
“I am pleased to announce 66 members of the Senate and House have joined together to support Climate Action Now!” said Senator Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change. “Failing to act on bold climate legislation would be especially tragic this session. Now more than ever, the Commonwealth urgently needs to support its residents’ respiratory health with less-polluted air and support growing industries like the clean energy sector to spark job creation and economic recovery.”
“I am proud to have joined many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in signing onto the statement for Climate Action Now!” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury). “Even with all else going on throughout the Commonwealth, we cannot disregard the need to protect the environment. I am committed to helping bring forth bold legislation that will help preserve and improve the climate, as well as support growing industries such as clean energy”
At an oversight hearing hosted by the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change earlier this month, policymakers had the opportunity to hear first-hand about the need for stronger clean energy policies. The overwhelming consensus from industry leaders at the virtual event indicated that, with other states in the region now vying for clean energy jobs, the Commonwealth’s ability to maintain a thriving renewable economy hinges on the passage of bold climate legislation this session.
The link between air quality and high COVID rates was the primary focus of a report released in May by the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey COVID-19’s Unequal Effects in Massachusetts: Remedying the Legacy of Environmental Injustice & Building Climate Resilience. Just last week, the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University released a research article Evaluating the Impact of Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter on Mortality Among the Elderly further reinforcing the causal connection between mortality and long-term exposure to air pollution.
“The sustainability revolution is at our doorstep. Independence from fossil fuel addiction is within our grasp. All we need is to demonstrate the political will to act,” according to the Climate Action Now! Statement circulated by Senator Pacheco. “We the undersigned members of the Massachusetts Legislature hereby pledge our commitment to the enactment and implementation of bold climate action before the end of session. There is no time to waste, the time for climate action is now.”