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Lawmakers just held a public hearing on a bill that requires Massachusetts to run on 100% renewable energy by 2035, and clean transportation by 2050. This law is much more ambitious than the current law but is heavily supported by academics and lawmakers alike.

The Current Law vs. the Old Law

The current law only requires the state to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 25% of 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80% by 2050. The new law is shooting for 100% in the a shorter timeframe - by 2035.

How Mass Stacks-up Against the Numbers

It looks like Massachusetts is already on its way to make these lofty goals. It turns out that Mass could cut their emissions by over 29% of 1990s levels by 2020, which is 10% over their expected original goal. At this rate, they will be able to reach at least 80% or more by 2050 without changing what they already do. By enhancing their renewable strategies, as they are planning to do, they can easily hit 100% before two decades pass.

How This Movement Began

Ever since the U.S. dropped out of the Paris Agreement, states all across the country have been putting renewable energy at the top of their political priorities. Massachusetts has been one of the top states leading this renewable movement. More and more states are looking to join the 100% renewable club. And, luckily, it is possible for the majority of states to reach this goal within a few decades.

Sources: Mass Live, NPR, Sierra Club