Legislators in Massachusetts Propose to Ban the Use of Fossil Fuels by 2050

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Massachusetts legislators, Sean Garballey and Marjorie Decker, have recently introduced a legislation that will phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2050.

Generally, the bill requires the state to get 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2035 and end the use of fossil fuels in transportation and heating by 2050. Standing for the bill, Garballey spoke with the group Environment Massachusetts, saying:

“This legislation provides a bold step by placing the Commonwealth on a path to a cleaner and more sustainable future. It encourages job creation, protects and sustains our natural resources, reduces our carbon footprint and would benefit the health and well-being of our citizens in immeasurable ways.”

The two legislators stated that the bill can possibly increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) at significant levels. This ensures that utilities will buy a minimum amount of solar and wind energy every year.

According to a 2016 report by the US Energy Information Administration, Massachusetts sourced 61.5% of its electricity from natural gas, 24% from nuclear power, and only 8.5% from solar, wind, and biofuels in the said year.

With the bill, the use of renewable energy is expected to rise substantially in the coming years.