The Baker administration rolled out new rules for cutting back carbon emissions, to get us 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 per the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 (incidentally, perhaps Gov. Patrick’s greatest legacy — though see below).
“Combatting and preparing for the impact of climate change remains a top priority of our administration,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. “These regulations will help ensure the Commonwealth meets the rigorous emission reductions limits.”
Sounds great, right?
Remember that this administration (and the Patrick administration) had to get sued, and were admonished by the SJC to make this happen. And even so, they’re mostly just pocketing gains that have already been made:
[Sec. of Energy & Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton] also said Massachusetts needs to do more to reduce transportation emissions, which now account for more greenhouse gases than any other sector of the state’s economy.
“The whole world is wrestling with the transportation sector,” Beaton said. “We are cognizant that we won’t hit our 2050 goals without transportation.”
- 2% yearly Renewable Portfolio Standard increase
- instituting a carbon fee/dividend
- stopping new gas pipeline infrastructure (have we gotten through on this one?)
- plugging gas leaks
- pledging 100% renewable energy by 2050 (California has pledged 100% by 2045).
Those things would represent actual leadership. Today’s announcement gets a golf clap, at best.