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BAKER URGES CONGRESS TO ADOPT EMISSIONS REDUCTION TARGETS

By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 6, 2019....In testimony before a U.S. House committee Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker told Congress to set politics aside and follow Massachusetts' lead on adapting to a changing climate and preparing to deal with more powerful weather, including setting specific targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.


Gov. Charlie Baker testified about climate change adaptation on Wednesday before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. [Photo: Committee livestream]

The Republican governor has made climate change adaptation and resilience a central part of his agenda as he begins a second term in office and last month proposed raising a real estate transfer tax to pay for a $1 billion, decade-long program to help Massachusetts cities and towns prepare for and clean up after the impacts of climate change.

The governor told the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee that states "need strong federal leadership and a bold bipartisan vision on climate change." He said climate policy is not a partisan issue in Massachusetts because "we understand the science and know the impacts are real because we are experiencing them first-hand," and called on federal lawmakers to row in the same direction.


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