Massachusetts House should act on climate change
States must step up after US leaves Paris accord
LESS THAN TWO DAYS after Syria signed the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States in the unenviable position of being the only country in the world to refuse the climate deal, the Massachusetts state Senate took a critical first step toward preparing the Commonwealth for the ravages of climate change. The Senate passed the Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan (CAMP) bill, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive climate change adaptation legislation. The House of Representatives should follow the Senate’s lead and swiftly pass this important bill.
While Massachusetts has long been a forerunner in the fight to reduce greenhouse gases, the Paris debacle is a sad reminder that many of most significant consequences of climate change are now unavoidable. Decades of federal inaction have left local communities vulnerable to an array of climate-related hazards, including sea-level rise, heat waves, and drought.
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