"Waterfront resilience is ground zero in climate fight
Nature-based solutions lend themselves to resiliency strategies"
"GOV. MAURA HEALEY’S recent appointment of the Commonwealth’s first cabinet level climate chief –Melissa Hoffer, joining from the Environmental Protection Agency – reflects the new administration’s belief that resiliency is a priority issue that spans public health, equity, the economy, and environmental sustainability.With key federal, state, and local players committed to rapidly advancing our efforts to address climate change, Massachusetts has both the scientific prowess and innovative spirit to be a global leader in addressing this critical issue. We also have an influx of new federal dollars, including funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, available to municipalities, states, and community-based organizations to fund resiliency efforts."
Vikki Spruill is President and CEO of the New England Aquarium.
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"Decarbonization road map has some gaping holes
Power reliability and cost need to be addressed"
"GOV. MAURA HEALEY has gotten off to a good running start on implementing the Commonwealth’s plans to combat climate change by establishing an Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience within the governor’s office and appointing a climate chief. The state’s long range climate change plans are embodied in the “Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Road Map,” which aims to reduce Massachusetts greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent of the 1990 baseline by 2050 and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, through a near-total reliance on renewable energy sources and battery storage for electricity.If implemented, the plan will require a huge transformation of the electricity generation sector, shifting away from reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels to generate electricity and instead relying on solar and wind sources. It would also require 100 percent electrification of building space and water heating and a massive increase in the number of electric vehicles, among other initiatives."
Arnold R. Wallenstein is an attorney who represents independent power producers in Massachusetts and other states. He is on the board of advisers of a solar photovoltaic company and is the principal member of the EnergyLawGroup.org in Boston.
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|From CommonWealth Magazine - climate points of view: waterfront resilience & decarbonization roadmap gaps|