GOV. CHARLIE BAKER in August signed into law a comprehensive bill to address climate change. The bill includes provisions designed to reach a net zero carbon goal by 2050 by promoting the adoption of electric vehicles, supporting the modernization of the power grid, and expanding support for the development of offshore wind power.
But one of the most impactful steps lawmakers took to address climate change was not something they included — but something they omitted. Specifically, for the second year running, lawmakers declined to adopt a measure favored by Attorney General Maura Healey that would strip Massachusetts residents of the ability to choose the company they buy their electricity from and to direct where that power comes from.