This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the February 2 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents.
Charley on the MTA at Blue Mass Group writes—Will House progressives’ self-own croak clean energy legislation?
As noted here, our progressive legislators tell us they support good things; and then at the first sign of resistance from leadership refuse to create the conditions where passing such good things is possible. ProgressiveMass has usefully outlined the excuses that you’ll hear from your progressive reps for not passing Rep. Jon Hecht’s eminently sensible list of reforms — like giving enough time to actually read bills and amendments. Let’s be charitable and say that we await those reps presenting, in timely fashion, their own set of on-point, realistic, and effective reforms of the current, infamous system.
Now, in what would and should be a purely promising development, a majority of each legislative chamber have co-sponsored bills transitioning Massachusetts to 100% clean energy by 2045. (That’s actually rather too late — but a much faster schedule than we’re currently on.) From an Environment Massachusetts press release:
So far, 113 legislators have cosponsored An Act repowering Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy (HD.3092), filed by Representative Marjorie Decker and Representative Sean Garballey, or An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100 per cent renewable energy (SD.1625), filed by Senator Jamie Eldridge.
These bills would transition Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and power other energy uses, like heating and transportation, with 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.
The cosponsors include 89 representatives and 24 senators, more than half of the members of each chamber.
This is followed by fulsome, earnest statements from both Decker and Garballey. Both of these reps actually voted against Hecht’s reforms, thereby keeping power in the hands of a recalcitrant Speaker DeLeo, who has shown very little appetite for passing this urgent and popular legislation. As I say, one hand giveth, the other hand taketh away …