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Report | Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center

The Costs of Fracking

Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—to unlock new supplies of fossil fuels in underground rock formations across the United States. “Fracking” has spread rapidly, leaving a trail of contaminated water, polluted air, and marred landscapes in its wake. In fact, a growing body of data indicates that fracking is an environmental and public health disaster in the making.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

New Report: A Turning Point for Massachusetts Offshore Wind Energy

Boston, MA (September 13, 2012) – Massachusetts can create jobs while powering our homes and businesses with local, clean energy, but only if our elected officials and regulators take the right steps now, according to a new report released today by the National Wildlife Federation and local partners Environment Massachusetts, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental League of Massachusetts, and Sierra Club. The Turning Point for Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy: Time for Action to Create Jobs, Reduce Pollution, Protect Wildlife & Secure America’s Energy Future details the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind energy, potential obstacles to progress, and a prosperous path forward.

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Report | Environment Massachusetts

The Turning Point for Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy

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.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Broad Range of Stakeholders Call on Governor Patrick to Improve Successful Clean Energy and Anti-Pollution Program

Ninety-two Massachusetts organizations, businesses, and officials joined more than two hundred and fifteen other stakeholders from across the region in calling on Governor Patrick and other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors to build on progress reducing pollution and promoting clean energy by improving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  The coalition highlighted RGGI’s success to date and called for strengthening of the program’s pollution reduction targets and increasing investment in clean energy and energy efficiency measures that benefit the climate, the economy, public health, and energy consumers.

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News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Governor Patrick Signs Bill to Expand Successful Solar Energy Programs

Governor Patrick signed a bill today that will dramatically expand access to solar energy for families, businesses and local governments. The bill, An Act relative to competitively priced electricity in the Commonwealth, makes refinements to the state’s Green Communities Act and includes provisions to enhance the development of solar, wind and energy efficiency programs. Among the major improvements was an expansion of the net-metering program, which allows local governments, businesses and homeowners to sell the electricity they generate from solar panels and other small onsite renewable energy sources back to utilities to offset their electric bills, and even generate some revenue. 

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