Light on the Details: Governor Baker’s Executive Order on Climate Change
This past Friday, Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order that requires his administration to actively pursue reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This is a good step, and one that points the Commonwealth in the direction of successfully meeting its legally mandated emissions limits in 2020, 2030, and beyond. There is, however, much more that needs to be done to achieve these requirements, and Baker’s deadline of developing annual emission limits by August 2017 will make it difficult for greenhouse gas mitigation programs and policies to have the necessary impact in time to meet the 2020 standard. The Baker administration has an enormous amount to do in a very short time. The sooner concrete details are released—annual emission limits to reach 2020 requirements, a 2030 emissions limit, and plans to realize those limits—the more likely that the Commonwealth will achieve the promise of the Global Warming Solutions Act.