This week at CALC we learned of the death of another bill to help Massachusetts towards a new, green economy. An Act to Transition to a Clean Energy Commonwealth was a bill introduced by Representative Lori Ehrlich and co-sponsored by more than 50 other representatives. Ehrlich’s bill would have allowed for the assessment of emissions from the Commonwealth’s oil and coal plants, provide a plan for these plants to reach pollution limits established in our governor’s ambitious Global Warming Solutions Act, and lastly, provide a fund for the transition of workers and communities around plants unable to meet the standards into positions within the new, green economy.
The Brayton Point Coal Plant expected to be decommissioned and converted to Natural Gas
Without this act, hundreds of employees of coal plants across the Commonwealth are now without the means to transition into Massachusetts’s new economy. Without H.2935, Massachusetts lacks the necessary statewide mechanisms needed for new EPA standards on carbon pollution being released in June.
Protesters outside the Brayton Point Coal Plant
We must ask our political leaders, then, what do they have in mind for communities like Salem and Holyoke, who heavily rely on the income generated from the existing coal plants currently facing retirement.