On May 17, 2016 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled that the Baker Administration and the Department of Environmental Affairs have failed to comply with the Global Warming Solutions Act. The court used the word “unambiguous” to describe a requirement of the DEP to write regulations ensuring that we see “declining aggregate emissions” of greenhouse gas emissions over time.

Environmental groups strongly support the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), which requires greenhouse gas emissions of 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (both compared to 1990). And the GWSA clearly states that the Department must write regulations to get the job done. The DEP needs to move quickly to write strong regulations that will get us to the important first milestone of 25% by 2020.