In its early days as an organization, Better Future Project authored or co-authored several research reports detailing climate-related issues in Massachusetts. Below are links to full copies of several of those reports from 2012-2014.
This report examines the discrepancy between politicians and their university alma maters on climate change by comparing the stances of Presidential candidates and Harvard Alumni Mitt Romney and Barack Obama as well as every current and prospective member of Massachusetts’ Congressional delegation to the peer-reviewed research of the scientists from each politician’s alma mater. Of the 203 professors found to be publishing on climate change, 202 agree with the consensus (99.5%). Yet of the 16 MA current and prospective federal politicians, only 9 (56.25%) explicitly back the climate consensus. Click here to read the full report!
This report is authored by Robert Repetto, author of the 2011 book America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward. He is a Senior Fellow in the United Nations Foundation’s climate and energy program. It lays out how Massachusetts residents’ health, economy, and environment are already suffering from the effects of climate change and how prolonged inaction will guarantee dire consequences in the coming decades. Read the full report here!
Energy Casualties is a meticulously researched report that cites relevant and unbiased health, security, and justice institutions to demonstrate the full security, health, and justice costs that fossil fuels impose on human society. Read the full report here!
This report compiles the latest peer-reviewed research on methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, plants and drilling wells, and shows that when methane leaks are fully accounted for, the climate impacts of further development of gas infrastructure in Massachusetts are much higher than previously thought. The report demonstrates that further construction of new gas infrastructure could make it nearly impossible to meet our state's ambitious climate goals.