Climate Change Legislation: Will Rep. Sánchez Go with Ambitious, or Tepid?

Will the Massachusetts legislature act with boldness to address climate change? As the two-year legislative session comes to a close on July 31st, we will soon find out. As chair of the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, Jamaica Plain Representative Jeffrey Sánchez is one of the most powerful politicians in the Commonwealth. In this role he will have a lot of influence over what happens. Massachusetts has long been considered a leader when it comes to climate change legislation.

Photo of Bobby Wengronowitz (front), Shea Riester (middle), Martin Hamilton (back) in trench

Fracked Gas Protesters Lock Themselves in West Roxbury Pipeline Trench

Six people locked themselves together at 9:50 a.m. Saturday to block two construction sites of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (WRL), which would bring fracked gas into Boston. Bound at the waist and ankles using chains and superglue, they aim to stop the project from endangering the community and disrupting the climate. While the pipeline goes through West Roxbury, not JP, the fight against has attracted many JP residents. They are demanding that Spectra Energy keep fracked gas in the ground and stop forcing the project through a community that overwhelmingly opposes the pipeline. Trevor Culhane said, “This pipeline would irresponsibly lock us into decades of climate pollution and community disruption.


Mayor Hosts Earth Day Twitter Chat

Follow and submit questions for my live #EarthDay twitter chat at 3PM today! Use #AskMJW— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) April 22, 2015

Do you have a question for Mayor Marty Walsh about the city's response to climate change? Want to quiz the city's chief of environment, energy and open space about sustainability? The two are hosting a chat on Twitter starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Use #AskMJW to ask questions and follow the chat.


JP Moms Go on Climate Change Tagging Spree

Tagging by JP's chapter of Mothers Out Front, a climate change action group. Credit: Courtesy of Viki Bok

The JP chapter of the climate-change action group Mothers Out Front has been writing messages on the neighborhood's snowbanks. "Time to call it like it is," wrote resident Viki Bok in an email. "This is climate change. Eight feet of snow.