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BAKER STEPPING UP EMISSIONS STRATEGY WITH FOCUS ON TRANSPORTATION

By Michael P. Norton and Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 12, 2017....The Baker administration plans to tackle the thorny issue of extracting additional emission reductions from the transportation sector, officials announced at a summit Tuesday where they marked the one-year anniversary of a climate change executive order.

State officials are planning to hold three public listening sessions in the coming months as part of a new effort "to identify regional policies to reduce emissions, develop a comprehensive regional strategy for the deployment of electric vehicles, and discuss strategies to increase the resilience of transportation infrastructure," the energy and environmental affairs secretariat said.

Environmental groups have been clamoring for a more aggressive state approach to force transportation-related emission reductions, noting the sector is a major source of pollution and asserting that the state risks falling short of meeting legally mandated long-term emission reduction requirements.


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