Baker deserves a ‘C’ for handling, environmental groups say

New Bedford, Massachusetts -- 4/19/2017 -  (L-R) Governor Baker, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack walk down the CoveWalk as part of a photo op at the opening of the CoveWalk, the city's newest recreational waterfront path. The 5,500 foot path rests on top of the city's Hurricane Barrier. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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A consortium of conservation groups gave the administration of Governor Charlie Baker a mediocre “C” for his environmental efforts. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

For the second year in a row, environmental groups have issued a “mediocre grade” for the Baker administration’s efforts to address issues such as climate change and land conservation.

In a report card released Thursday, the groups gave the administration a “C” for its efforts to protect the environment, the same grade it handed out last year.

“At a time when Massachusetts should be leading, we are falling behind,” said Nancy Goodman, vice president for policy at the Environmental League of Massachusetts. “Inadequate funding and staffing continue to plague the agencies. That, combined with a lack of vision and leadership, is creating a crisis in terms of protecting our natural resources, enhancing public health, and combating climate change.”

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