Phasing Out of Fossil Fuels

Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

In Spring & Summer 2022 we have had opportunities to pass momentous climate policy in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Find out what you can do to help!

Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

Pass the Climate Bill

Massachusetts

A new climate bill came out of the MA legislature on July 21st. Governor Baker proposed amendments to the bill over the weekend of July 30th. As of this minute we are waiting for news. 

The bill proposes landmark strides on phasing out gas-powered cars, public transit, electric vehicle infrastructure, cleaner heating, and renewable energy. Read the WBUR’s excellent summary here.

Over 1,000 Green Energy Consumers supporters wrote to the governor and/or their legislators in support of the bill, including phasing out gas-powered car sales starting in 2035.

Blog: Governor Baker - sign the climate bill!

Blog: Another Great Year For Climate Legislation In Massachusetts? Apparently. Let’s Hope.

100% green electricity

Rhode Island

Kai Salem 100%

AMAZING WIN: In mid-June, Rhode Island’s General Assembly PASSED legislation that would bring 100% renewable electricity to the whole state by 2033.

The legislation, sponsored by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Representative Deb Ruggiero, requires electricity companies to deliver an increasing amount of renewable energy every year until we hit 100% of Rhode Island’s electricity in 2033. This would make Rhode Island the first state in the country to hit this necessary benchmark in the path to net-zero emissions.

The 100% Renewable Energy Standard is the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions in the short-term. And it will make sure electrified transportation and buildings are powered with green electricity. We’re proud to have been a leading voice to pass this legislation, and grateful to our many donors and members who supported us along the way.

Blog: Rhode Island Leaps Ahead to 100% Renewable Energy

Phasing out gasoline

Rhode Island

The Electric Transportation Act has been introduced by Senator Alana DiMario and Representative Terri Cortvriend. The legislation (H. 7653 and S. 2448) creates a process to plan for the infrastructure and other changes involving cars, trucks, and public transportation in order to meet the 2030 target, which is critical for the state to meet its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reductions under the Act on Climate.

Following Rhode Island’s withdrawal from the Transportation and Climate Initiative, the bill represents a new approach to tackling pollution from transportation, the region’s largest source of emissions. This bill has not passed during the spring/summer 2022 legislative session, but we remain committed to advocating for it in the future.

Blog: Rhode Island Bill Creates Roadmap to Advance Future of Electric Transportation

Massachusetts

On July 21st, the MA legislature produced a climate bill with provisions to end the sale of gas guzzlers, invest in greener public transit, incentivize driving an electric car, and build charging networks. Governor Baker now has the bill.