Massachusetts lawmakers pushing ahead on environmental bills

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill aimed at helping the state adapt to climate change while also protecting natural resources and investing in recreational opportunities.

The bill approved late Thursday would authorize the state to issue up to $2 billion in bonds to pay for the effort, including improving public infrastructure that is more resilient to the effects of climate change.

The legislation would also help the expansion of fishing and farming in Massachusetts.

Also Thursday, the Massachusetts House passed separate bills that would increase the growth of renewable energy, set energy efficiency standards for appliances, and support the development of energy storage technology.

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Environmental activists are pushing lawmakers to put Massachusetts on track to reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050.

The Legislature’s formal session ends July 31.