Rosenberg leads talks on climate change, energy with Quebec

Last modified: Sunday, September 27, 2015

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg led a six-member Massachusetts Senate delegation last weekend to meet with their colleagues from Quebec, in which legislators from both regions agreed to work together to reduce greenhouse gases.

The conference on regional cooperation on energy and climate change was the first in what is expected to be a series of intergovernmental conferences on issues of regional importance between Massachusetts and the Canadian province.

Among the results of the discussions is a resolution to explore use of Quebec hydroelectricity in Massachusetts and the potential for greater electricity transmission capabilities, as a way to cut use of fossil fuels in the Bay State.

Also, the Massachusetts-Québec Cooperation Conference will continue to study strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy production and transmission, explore greenhouse gas emissions trading, and improved clean-fuel standards with the use of ethanol, hydrogen and electric vehicles.

The two regions also agreed to share research and information from their universities to further help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Québec and Massachusetts both have the intellectual knowledge, educational institutions and political will to reduce greenhouse gases and expand renewable clean-energy solutions to benefit all of our residents,” said Rosenberg, a Democrat from Amherst.

During the meeting, experts from Hydro-Québec and the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, along with David Cash, dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, gave presentations on the regional environmental impacts of energy-related activities.

A second session, planned for Boston, will deal with higher education and tourism.


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