Today, the House passed a bill committing Massachusetts to the Paris Climate Agreement. In June, President Trump announced that the US would pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a 197 party agreement to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change.
The bill commits Massachusetts to combating climate change by ensuring that the Department of Environment Protection (DEP) supports the Commonwealth’s contribution to the US-intended nationally determined contribution as set forth in the Paris Agreement. It allows DEP to document the Commonwealth’s efforts at reducing carbon emissions through a specified platform (developed by the UN as part of the Paris Agreement). Last, it requires DEP to report as part of the required 5 year climate change implementation report, the actions undertaken to comply with the Paris Agreement.
The bill now goes to the Senate.