As America struggles to revitalize our economy, create jobs, secure an
energy independent future, and protect our communities and wildlife
from the dangers of climate change, one energy source offers a golden
opportunity to power our homes and businesses without creating more
pollution —– Atlantic offshore wind.
Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture.
Massachusetts has leapt to the forefront of the rising solar energy economy. Since 2007, solar energy in Massachusetts has grown 30-fold—from less than 4 megawatts of solar panels to more than 110. This is great news for our planet, our health, and our economy. Our report, Massachusetts' Solar Leaders, highlights the communities across Massachusetts, from Springfield to Plymouth to Cambridge, that are leading the way in this solar power revolution.
For more than a decade, Massachusetts has been at the forefront of national efforts to shift to clean, efficient, renewable energy and to reduce pollution that contributes to global warming.
By adopting strong policies, including a cap on the state’s global warming emissions, clean car standards, renewable energy standards, strong energy efficiency programs, and tough emission standards for power plants, our state has shown that taking action to reduce global warming pollution can work.
Our report, Building a Better America: Saving Energy and Money with Efficiency, analyzes the benefits Massachusetts would see if we committed to dramatically improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings. The report uses government data to estimate reduced energy consumption, decreased fossil fuel use, money saved on energy bills, and global warming pollution prevented in 2020 and 2030.
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