Senate wants state to plan for effects of climate change

Lawmakers want to look at consequences related to climate change

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Senate Thursday approved a bill that could impact how the state handles the effects of climate change.

What it would do is require the state to come up with a long-term plan to address consequences linked to the phenomenon, such as temperature change, drought, and flooding.

Westfield Republican Sen. Don Humason told 22News that it was the wish of the Senate to at least begin to address the issue, to study the issue more, and to plan for whatever future climate change impacts may be ahead. But how things are paid for is not part of the bill.

“Funding is a part of the issue, but not a part of the bill.  There was not appropriation made specifically for climate change studies; it’s something we believe can be picked up just with the regular cost of doing business as a commonwealth,” Humason said.

The Senate also added an amendment to the bill to create incentives to homeowners and businesses to install solar panels.

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