Continuing on the “required by law” theme I have going, today’s note contained a printout of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 (GWSA), and a press release regarding last year’s MA court case win where “the Court found that the DEP was not complying with its legal obligation to reduce the State’s GHG [Green House Gas] emissions and ordered the agency to “promulgate regulations that address multiple sources or categories of sources of greenhouse gas emissions, impose a limit on emissions that may be released . . . and set limits that decline on an annual basis.” Among the very interesting things I learned reading the text of the GWSA was found in Section 7:
SECTION 7: In considering and issuing permits, licenses and other administrative approvals and decisions, the respective agency, department, board, commission or authority shall also consider reasonably foreseeable climate change impacts, including additional greenhouse gas emissions, and effects, such as predicted sea level rise.
In my mind, THIS ^^^ gives Gov. Baker authority to direct his Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary to urge the denial of permits from MassDEP and MA Coastal Zone Management (CZM) based on the GWSA alone, much less the court case results, AND the Executive Order #569.
There is so much data out there (Acadia Center is one source), no one can ignore that new gas pipelines and infrastructure are NOT compatible with meeting GWSA requirements. Gov. Baker, why are you the only one still OK with these Spectra projects?
Today I had two people sit with me: Mary P. from Weymouth and Tracie B. from Mothers Out Front. A lot of what happens when people not from Weymouth come to sit is a really good Q&A session. Usually the folks from groups that live other towns go back to their groups and tell them what they found out. It’s great. And the fully informed folks from Weymouth more than carry their weight 🙂 Thanks, everyone! (forgot a foot-in-office pic, but here’s a feet-in-SH-elevator pic, LOL)