WE COULD BE HEROES … nah. No David Bowie today.
They never fail to disappoint. Yesterday the House leadership refused to take up Rep. Kay Khan’s amendment to increase the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard by 3% a year, over the current 1%/year. As you know if you’ve been reading here, this is the central motivator of the growth in renewable energy in the states, the policy highway of how we get from here to there. And we need a 3% increase to actually grow beyond what’s already going to happen due to other factors, and get to 50% renewable by 2030 like New York, California and New Jersey.
And Bob DeLeo’s and Jeff Sanchez’s House booted it. Because you knew they would — in spite of the amendment’s co-sponsorship by 41 Reps:
Amendment #29 to H4738
relative to increasing the renewable portfolio standard
Representatives Khan of Newton, Balser of Newton, Barber of Somerville, Cabral of New Bedford, Connolly of Cambridge, Decker of Cambridge, DiZoglio of Methuen, Dooley of Norfolk, DuBois of Brockton, Ehrlich of Marblehead, Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, Fernandes of Falmouth, Garballey of Arlington, Garlick of Needham, Gentile of Sudbury, Goldstein-Rose of Amherst, Gordon of Bedford, Hawkins of Attleboro, Hay of Fitchburg, Hecht of Watertown, Higgins of Leominster, Holmes of Boston, Kaufman of Lexington, Keefe of Worcester, Koczera of New Bedford, Kulik of Worthington, Lewis of Framingham, Livingstone of Boston, Malia of Boston, Mark of Peru, Meschino of Hull, Murray of Milford, Provost of Somerville, Rogers of Cambridge, Rushing of Boston, Scibak of South Hadley, Smizik of Brookline, Stanley of Waltham, Tosado of Springfield, Ultrino of Malden and Vega of Holyokemove to amend the bill by striking out section 6 and inserting in place thereof the following section:
“SECTION 6. Section 11F of chapter 25A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 16 and 17, the words “and (3) an additional 1 per cent of sales every year thereafter”, and inserting in place thereof the following words: – “(3) an additional 1 per cent of sales every year until December 31, 2018; (4) an additional 1.5 per cent of sales by December 31, 2019; (5) an additional 2 per cent of sales by December 31, 2020; (6) an additional 2.5 per cent of sales by December 31, 2021; and (7) an additional 3 per cent of sales every year thereafter.”
Perhaps this can be added back in committee with the Senate? If that’s possible, I don’t know why they wouldn’t just leave it in the House bill.
Speaker Bob DeLeo lives on a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean. I can’t imagine what keeps him from feeling urgency on energy and climate. I don’t know how else to tell people that moving quickly and aggressively on clean energy is the wise and prudent course of action, in the same way that exiting a burning building with all deliberate haste is the wise and prudent course of action. And given that it’s also a winner on jobs and public health … I just don’t get it. We could be heroes, folks.
There must be a political price to pay if this doesn’t go through. It may get messy. Again, remember that Sanchez has a progressive challenger in Nika Elugardo. What profiteth Sanchez to gain the
world Ways and Means chair and lose his soul House seat?