A ruthless direct hit on Maine's poor and middle class via unnecessarily high electricity rates by banning desperately needed new natural gas pipelines. Mammoth new natural gas reserves in nearby states go untapped by Mainers because of Massachusetts' blockade at the same time they "demand" we allow our mountains, ridges and hilltops be grossly despoiled by wind and transmission blight so they can power their McMansions with feelgood electricity while stuffing money into politicians' offshore bank accounts?
BOSTON -- A Massachusetts Senate committee has released a bill that reads like a wish-list for clean energy advocates.
The bill sets more ambitious environmental and regulatory standards, bans fracking in Massachusetts, prohibits residents from being taxed for new natural gas pipelines, eliminates a cap on reimbursements for solar projects and sets the stage for carbon pricing.
"We believe this act, if it is enacted, will protect our public health here in the commonwealth, create literally thousands upon thousands of new jobs in the commonwealth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions substantially," said Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, chairman of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.
The bill will now go to the Senate Ways and Means Committee before it can get a vote from the Senate or the House. While it is unlikely to be passed as is, the bill could set the stage for discussions on issues related to clean energy in the Legislature.
The legislation incorporates several bills that have been discussed by House and Senate committees. "This is not a standalone bill dreamt up in the middle of the night by the Senate," Pacheco said.
It includes a host of policies that would promote clean energy while avoiding new natural gas infrastructure.
The bill would prevent the construction of any new natural gas pipelines.