Massachusetts Announces Climate Protection Plan

On May 6, 2004, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney released the state's new Climate Protection Plan, saying "we have chosen to put our emphasis on actions, not discourse." The plan identifies several near-term actions the state will take under existing authority to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It adopts the goal agreed upon by the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2010, to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, and over the long term to 75 to 80 percent below currently levels. The state will lay the foundation for this work by improving its assessment of emissions and trends, by developing a statewide greenhouse gas inventory and tracking system and by requiring large emitters to report their emissions. Among the action items contained in the plan are reducing the climate impact of state agency operations, adopting energy efficiency standards for appliances, involving cities and towns as Climate Protection partners, providing incentives for hybrid vehicles, supporting clean energy, improving public transit and encouraging its use, creating an emissions banking and trading program, and adopting California's greenhouse gas standard for vehicles. In addition, the Climate Protection plan will make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to require that expected CO2 emissions be taken into account in planning new transportation projects.

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