Statement in response to Governor Baker vetoing Massachusetts’ climate bill

Statement from Vote Solar’s Northeast Director Stephan Roundtree Jr.

“Vote Solar is disappointed that Governor Baker has vetoed S.2995, the Commonwealth’s critical climate change and environmental justice bill. As the U.S. suffers yet another ‘hottest year on record’ we’re sorely reminded that we cannot wait a month, week or day to address the crisis facing our planet and our Commonwealth. When we procrastinate on climate now, we pay with our cherished landscapes, our livelihoods, and our health. 

This outcome is particularly disappointing because in addition to positioning Massachusetts as a leader on climate-readiness, the bill addresses environmental inequity and injustice. Communities of color, non-English speaking and under-resourced communities across the Commonwealth will continue to bear the brunt of the climate impacts this bill so thoughtfully and robustly sought to address. We fear the consequences of justice delayed. 

Vote Solar would like to thank our legislative leaders including Speaker Spilka and Chair Barrett, as well as Speaker Mariano, Chair Golden, the conference committee and other members of the legislature for their careful consideration of the bill, and for making admirable efforts to hear from constituents and advocates on the final product. While the bill was never a complete picture, it was far and away more than we have. We now urge the legislature to act on their stated intent to refile and pass the bill immediately in the new session.”

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