July 21, 2022
Statement on the passage of the 2022 Climate Bill
The climate legislation released by the legislature last night and passed by the legislature today is a significant step forward on the road to a net-zero future. This bill’s key components build on last year’s landmark Next Generation Roadmap law and move us closer to achieving the Commonwealth’s net-zero by 2050 mandate and protecting our communities from the worst impacts of climate change.
The final legislation creates conditions for an inclusive offshore wind industry by supporting minority-owned businesses and ensuring economic benefits are shared with environmental justice communities and those who have historically been excluded. The bill targets transportation emissions, which account for 40% of MA’s climate pollution, by expanding electric vehicle rebates and requiring electrification of MBTA buses. Lawmakers included protections for ratepayers, ensuring that our transition off fossil fuels will be done in a way that protects residents from energy price volatility.
President Biden’s visit to the Commonwealth yesterday to announce executive action to fight climate change highlights the importance of acting urgently and at every level of government. It emphasizes the role that Massachusetts and our communities must play in solving the climate crisis. We are proud that Massachusetts lawmakers are continuing to model solutions.
It is essential that the legislature takes meaningful action on climate each session. We must continue to craft policies and provide funding to accelerate our transition to local, clean energy. We encourage Governor Baker to swiftly sign the bill into law and to set the stage for additional action next session.
Thank you to Chairs Roy and Barrett, Senate President Spilka, and Speaker Mariano for your commitment and dedication to getting this strong piece of legislation to the finish line.