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Massachusetts’s New Climate Law: 5 Reasons to Celebrate!

, Senior Bilingual Energy Analyst

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March marked a major milestone for equitable climate policy in Massachusetts: After years of efforts and following two vetoes by Gov. Charlie Baker, the legislature passed a long-awaited bill addressing climate change, advancing environmental justice and boosting clean energy and clean transportation. The difference this time is that the bill was successfully signed into law by Governor Baker on March 26. Read more >

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American Jobs Plan Offers Welcome Focus on Rural Communities

, senior energy analyst

In the context of the shift to a clean energy economy, how does the American Jobs Plan help workers and communities dependent on the coal industry? Read more >

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Six Ways Chevron Imperils Climate, Human Rights, and Racial Justice

, climate accountability campaign director

Although we’re barely one quarter into 2021, multiple forces are squeezing Chevron for the preventable harm it is inflicting on the global climate. The company is also being dragged for its greenwashing, its role in perpetuating racial injustice in the United States, and its violations of Indigenous peoples’ rights and other human rights from Burma/Myanmar to Ecuador.

The table is now set for Chevron’s annual meeting in May, where several climate-related shareholder proposals will be on the agenda. Campaigners are calling for votes against both the board chair and the lead independent director on the basis of failures to oversee climate performance. Last year, a majority of Chevron shareholders rebuked corporate leadership by demanding increased disclosure of the company’s climate lobbying. Here are six issues UCS and our partners will be watching in the lead-up to Chevron’s annual meeting this year. Read more >

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President Biden's American Jobs Plan takes a big step forward on the path to a clean energy future. But we'll need more to complete the journey.

The American Jobs Plan Takes Next, but not Last, Step on Clean Energy

, senior energy analyst

President Biden’s new American Jobs Plan includes spending proposal on a wide range of infrastructure needs across the nation, many of them critically overdue. Eliminating the dangers of lead water pipes, repairing crumbling roads and bridges, and building the resilience of our communities to the myriad threats they face. It also includes a long overdue and critical down payment on our clean energy future. Combined with President Biden’s new push to develop the nation’s offshore wind resources this is a big step forward on the path to a clean energy future. But it is not as big and comprehensive as we need to swiftly decarbonize and address the urgency of climate change.   Read more >

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