Donald Trump and his acolyte Scott Pruitt may want to abolish the Clean Power Plan - a policy that frankly could have been stronger in the first place - but they can't stop the transition to clean energy, or, more pertinent their own interests, the decline of coal.
Climate deniers may have taken control of the White House, but here in Massachusetts - and states across the country - residents are pushing for clean power. The Mass Power Forward coalition, which Clean Water Action helps convene, recently held a lobby day to push for clean energy like wind and solar, promote environmental justice, push back against fracked gas pipeline expansion and secure just transition at shutting power plants like Pilgrim Nuclear.
The Massachusetts Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy released a much-anticipated energy "omnibus" bill on May 23rd. The current language focuses on offshore wind and hydropower, with state senators vocally pushing for more comprehensive legislation that includes energy efficiency and storage. Notably––after months of advocacy––the bill omits language on gas pipelines contained in earlier drafts.