Demonstrators march on the state house. Boston Climate Strike 2019 J. Rogers/UCS

Is Massachusetts Governor Baker Serious about Climate and Environmental Justice? We’ll Know by Tomorrow

, Senior Bilingual Energy Analyst

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Update 1/15/2021 at 1:58 pm: In an unnecessary and disappointing move, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a bill that would have strengthened the state’s carbon emissions goals and stop perpetuating environmental injustices. Read our press statement here!

A crucial bill to address climate change and advance environmental justice in the Commonwealth is waiting to be signed by Governor Baker before midnight on January 14 (just HOURS left!). This bill, “An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy” (S2995), is the result of years of work, discussions, negotiations and a lot of effort from a myriad of organizations, legislators, coalitions and in general, people that care about a healthy and livable world for current and future generations.

The news is that there is a big risk that the governor could simply veto the bill—including by just neglecting to sign it (a “pocket veto”).

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Climate Risk Disclosure Act Is Good for Your Investments

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

This legislation is desperately needed – our economy is so interconnected, and the effects of climate change so far-reaching that no publicly-traded company is untouched by or immune to climate-related financial risks. Companies will emerge with more robust climate plans, and investors will (finally) have a mandated climate reporting framework that will allow them to evaluate and compare the climate risks in their portfolios. Read more >

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A Waymo self-driving car on the road in Mountain View, CA, making a left turn. CC-BY-2.0 (Wikicommons).

Self-Driving Vehicle Policy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

, Senior policy and legal analyst

Automakers and their advocates have been busy in the halls of Congress and Department of Transportation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will make it easier for self-driving cars to hit the road, the Department of Transportation replaced an Obama-era self-driving vehicle policy with a more industry-friendly approach, and the Senate had a hearing on a bill that would also speed the deployment of self-driving vehicles, including trucks.

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