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We need to start using less natural gas

WITH THE  CORONAVIRUS pandemic raging, it’s hard to think about anything else. Yet precisely because this is a time of major upheaval, we need to recognize, and prepare for, the changes it brings. We will get through this and, when we do, we want to make sure our Commonwealth emerges stronger and better. So, please, […]

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Mass. emission strategies all up in air

THE COMPANY SELECTED by Massachusetts to build a power line delivering large amounts of hydro-electricity from Quebec into the regional power grid at Lewiston, Maine, is asking a judge to block a voter referendum on the project. Avangrid, the corporate parent of Central Maine Power, which has won a series of approvals for the project […]

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No, no, no to buy, buy, buy

FOR MOST OF OUR almost 50-year history, MASSPIRG has pushed for increased recycling, for stopping polluting landfills and incinerators, and for getting producers to be responsible for their products. Over the past several years, our policy goal has evolved, until in 2019 we asked the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to set a goal […]

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Net-zero target gets mixed reviews

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides used the occasion of Earth Day on Wednesday to finalize the state’s new net-zero greenhouse gas emissions limit, but some environmental groups and legislators were disappointed. The new policy, which was announced by Gov. Charlie Baker in his State of the Commonwealth address back […]

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The net zero imperative for Suffolk Downs

THE CITY OF BOSTON is considering whether to approve 10.5 million square feet of new housing and commercial building at the former Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston.  The project would be among the largest single developments in the city’s history. The financial backer is Texas oil-money billionaire William Bruce Harrison. Led by East Boston […]

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Physicians critique National Grid official’s stance

A clarifiation has been made to this op-ed making clear that National Grid does not have an ownership stake in the Weymouth compressor station. More detail is at the end of the op-ed. MARCY REED’S February 15 commentary, “Hunger and the Clean Energy Transition,” is misleading, disingenuous, and self-serving. Reed, who is the Massachusetts president […]