Our world is facing a climate crisis today which is not being taken seriously. We need bold, progressive steps to combat it, so that my generation and the generations who come after me have a healthy planet to live on.
As your State Representative, I will, with urgency:
1. Work to pass legislation that gets Massachusetts to 100% renewable energy by 2035.
Energy is one of the driving forces of climate change, and the fossil fuel industry is the driving force funding the opposition to environmental legislation. By converting Massachusetts to 100% renewable energy, we stop the ceaseless consumption of non-renewable resources that pose a threat to our communities. Renewable energy is far more reliable and far less expensive. Switching to renewable energy sources will save our constituents both time and money in the long run.
2. Pass an immediate moratorium on expanding fossil fuels and natural gas in Massachusetts.
We cannot put a deadline on achieving renewable energy while still allowing fossil fuel and natural gas companies to expand their production. By ceasing the growth of fossil fuel and natural gas companies immediately, we can allow for the competition of renewable energy in the markets, and more easily transition jobs into a renewable economy. An important part of this is stopping the construction of pipelines and other dangerous natural gas stations, such as the compressor station being built in Weymouth.
3. Implement a program that provides grants to towns and cities that are trying to become “green community” certified but lack the funds to do so.
Environmental justice needs to be a top priority in the State House, as some communities are hit harder by the effects of climate change than others. The first step must be to close the environmental inequalities these communities face. We have to make sure that all communities are equally protected from the devastating effects of climate change because we all have a stake in the preservation of the planet. In the new program I have proposed, Massachusetts will provide grants to towns and cities attempting to become green community certified, but which lack the funds to do so. This will allow communities to easily pursue environmental projects that will make it easier for them to receive the certification.
4. Vote in favor of H.2810 to implement carbon pricing in the state to incentivize sustainable infrastructure and increase our resources for our transition.
Carbon pricing is an effective and proven means of minimizing our carbon footprint, all in an attempt to get us carbon neutral by 2050. Not only will this disincentivize fossil fuel industries that are currently plaguing our environment, but it will also provide funds to the Commonwealth to invest in other programs to improve the state of our climate.
5. Subsidize municipal efforts to expand solar panel usage on individual homes.
Getting us to 100% renewable energy by 2035 means that more just state buildings and energy industries must switch to renewable energy: our homes must as well. In order for this switch to be as easy as possible for our working families, I will expand subsidies for solar panel installation on homes in communities across the Commonwealth. Solar energy will not only make our economy greener, but it will save families a substantial amount of money by replacing the cost of electricity with self-sustaining energy sources attached to our own homes.
6. Open the pathways for the Commonwealth to start investing in offshore wind.
The expansion of offshore wind facilities is an efficient way to produce clean, renewable energy in the Commonwealth. This is just another way that we can meet our green energy production goals year after year.