Mass. Leads In Green Jobs, State Climate Action

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Massachusetts Governor
Deval
Patrick
recently signed bills to reduce emissions and boost green jobs in
his state.

The Green Jobs Act will support development of the clean
energy technology industry
to move Massachusetts toward the green economy of the future, and the Global Warming Solutions Act
intends to make Massachusetts a national leader in climate
action.Men_in_hardhat2

"Massachusetts will lead the way in reducing the
emissions that threaten the planet with climate change, and at the same time
stimulate development of the technologies and the companies that will move us
into the clean energy age of the future,"  said Governor Patrick.

The Green Jobs Act, backed by $68 million in funding over
five years will support for the growth of a clean energy technology industry,
and provides money to encourage environmentally friendly startup companies and
offer grants to train workers for ‘green’ jobs.

The state’s global warming law requires the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. "These
initiatives show that Massachusetts is serious about the future of our environment and our economy," said
Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray.

"Promoting our emerging clean-energy sector will create
jobs and boost an industry that will work to reach the goals of the Global
Warming Solutions Act. By focusing on these green-collar jobs, as well as the
reduction of greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide emissions, we will help to
ensure a healthier future for Massachusetts."

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