As noted here, our progressive legislators tell us they support good things; and then at the first sign of resistance from leadership refuse to create the conditions where passing such good things is possible. ProgressiveMass has usefully outlined the excuses that you’ll hear from your progressive reps for not passing Rep. Jon Hecht’s eminently sensible list of reforms — like giving enough time to actually read bills and amendments. Let’s be charitable and say that we await those reps presenting, in timely fashion, their own set of on-point, realistic, and effective reforms of the current, infamous system.
Now, in what would and should be a purely promising development, a majority of each legislative chamber have co-sponsored bills transitioning Massachusetts to 100% clean energy by 2045. (That’s actually rather too late — but a much faster schedule than we’re currently on.) From an Environment Massachusetts press release:
So far, 113 legislators have cosponsored An Act repowering Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy (HD.3092), filed by Representative Marjorie Decker and Representative Sean Garballey, or An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100 per cent renewable energy (SD.1625), filed by Senator Jamie Eldridge.
These bills would transition Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and power other energy uses, like heating and transportation, with 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.
The cosponsors include 89 representatives and 24 senators, more than half of the members of each chamber.
This is followed by fulsome, earnest statements from both Decker and Garballey. Both of these reps actually voted against Hecht’s reforms, thereby keeping power in the hands of a recalcitrant Speaker DeLeo, who has shown very little appetite for passing this urgent and popular legislation. As I say, one hand giveth, the other hand taketh away …
So as ever, this will pass at the Speaker’s whim. Color me skeptical that he won’t pull another switcheroo like he did to the Sierra Club’s Phil Sego:
I told him that a coalition of groups had polled members of the House and we knew that a sizeable majority of the members supported our bill.
“They’ve privately told me that they really don’t want your bill to pass,” the Speaker said.
And who can know? Which of our reps is co-sponsoring the bill, and whispering to the Speaker that it would be inconvenient for them if it actually passed? Or perhaps the Speaker is making it all up — and our progressive reps just cheaply handed all their leverage over to him? Potato, po-tah-to?
You don’t have the benefit of the doubt, reps. Show us results.