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Climate change ‘first order of business’ for Governor Maura Healey

Gov. Maura Healey got to work quickly on her first full day in office, signing an executive order that established an Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience overseen by a newly appointed climate chief, Melissa Hoffer.

Healey announced her “first order of business” Friday afternoon during her first official press conference, which was held immediately after she met with her Cabinet secretaries at the State House, for the first time as governor.

“It was important to the lieutenant governor and me that we take this action immediately because we have no time to delay,” Healey said, as Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll and members of her Cabinet stood behind her.

“The climate crisis threatens every aspect of Massachusetts, like our environment, economy, businesses, health, transportation, housing, infrastructure. It is our greatest challenge, but it is also our greatest opportunity. Massachusetts can and will be a global leader in the fight against climate change.”

Healey said the new climate office would be charged with “harnessing all of the resources and authority” available to her and the executive department to advance the state’s climate goals.

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