Woods Hole Research Center President joins Rep. Fernandes to testify in support of Paris Climate Bill

Dr. Phil Duffy of the Woods Hole Research Center appeared at the State House Tuesday afternoon in support of Rep. Fernandes’ legislation committing Massachusetts to the standards of the Paris Climate Agreement. The legislation, which came before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, would establish the Commonwealth as a non-state actor in the Paris Climate Agreement, regularly reporting on its progress in reducing emissions.

“The greatest threat to our local coastal communities is rising sea levels and climate change brought on by global warming,” Rep. Fernandes testified. “This bill affirms that a small group of climate deniers in Washington do not speak on behalf of the residents of our district and the people of the Commonwealth.”

“Whether or not the US formally withdraws from the Paris Agreement, the Trump Administration has clearly signaled that it plans to halt, if not to actually reverse, federal actions to address climate change,” Dr. Duffy said. “Massachusetts has a long history of leadership on environmental issues. Now is a moment to continue that leadership. Let’s make a statement that the people of Massachusetts support strong action to stop climate change.”

The Woods Hole Research Center has been ranked the number one think tank in the world for climate change research for the past three years.

H3564 An Act relative to Massachusetts participation in the Paris Climate Agreement’s Green House Gas Emission Standards does three core things 1) Affirms the Commonwealth’s commitment to the standards adopted in the Paris Climate agreement 2) States that MA will establish itself as a non-party stake-holder and report its emissions data to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action, or “NAZCA” and 3) calls for the Commonwealth to publish a biennial report on its progress.

Local environmental activist Jessica Lambert also appeared at the committee hearing to voice her support, adding that “millions of people living in our state will be directly impacted by climate change in the next decade. I am proud to advocate for this bill which aims at global partnership in combating climate change.”

Media Contacts:
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Sean Keady, sean.keady@mahouse.gov, 617-722-2430, ext. 6