Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey is facing off against Geoff Diehl, a former Republican state lawmaker, in the race to succeed current Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a rare Republican who has prioritized climate action from his perch in the governor’s mansion.

  • Healey, who has been endorsed by the Environmental League of Massachusetts, has rolled out an aggressive climate plan that calls for reaching 100 percent clean electricity in the state by 2030 — five years ahead of Biden’s target date for eliminating carbon emissions from the nation’s power sector.

Kyle Murray, Massachusetts senior policy advocate at the Acadia Center, an environmental group, said a victory by Healey would speed the state’s shift to clean energy, helping to reduce residents’ utility bills.

“There’s an energy price spike coming this winter that’s due to our overdependence on natural gas,” Murray said. “Had we pursued more clean energy, we could’ve avoided some of these issues. And unfortunately, Diehl would enshrine the status quo.”

Read the full article in The Washington Post here.