Changing the Climate in the Bay State
Massachusetts has adopted an ambitious goal of reducing GHG levels 20% below the 1990 level by 2020. According the NY Times, the program involves a mix of tools:
- Importing more hydropower from Quebec.
- Reducing vehicle miles driven through insurance incentives.
- Encouraging owners of old oil furnaces to replace them with more efficient systems.
- Using the existing cap-and-trade system adopted by Northeastern states to control emissions from electricity generators.
- Existing green building standards.
Massachusetts officials say their program “puts the lie to the Chicken Little-oriented debate on the national scene” — that is, to claims that reducing greenhouse gases would be an economic disaster.