State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Energy & Oil


Jay Gonzalez: Make Massachusetts the first state to adopt carbon pricing

I believe there are major areas where Massachusetts must lead and make progress. I've proposed making Massachusetts the first state to adopt carbon pricing because I believe climate change is the biggest threat to our future. That's why I also support accelerating our transition to renewable energy sources and oppose new gas pipelines and related infrastructure. We have to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and start making real investments in our clean energy future. We also should be intentional about taking advantage of the opportunity to create thousands and thousands of jobs across Massachusetts by making this state the power plug for the world's clean energy economy.
Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Dec 20, 2017

John Kingston: Green technology must be economically viable

I favor green technologies that are economically viable as a key part of future economic growth, and believe conservation of our natural resources is our duty. I do not support subsidies of uneconomic technologies that lead to waste of taxpayers' dollars. I would encourage careful development and deployment of our oil and gas resources, and I would encourage expanded research into next-generation nuclear power resources.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website JohnKingston.com Oct 15, 2017

Shiva Ayyadurai: Innovation, not regulation

We need to move beyond the debate of whether "climate change" is occurring or not. It doesn't matter. We need tangible solutions to these real problems. Innovation, NOT regulation, is the only way to solve these problems. We need to throw out every career politician who gets in the way of unleashing incredible innovation, which already exist, but cannot reach the market because they do not line the pockets of these politicians and their lobbyists.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website shiva4senate.com Oct 15, 2017

Geoff Diehl: Fought linking gas tax hikes to inflation

In 2014, Geoff saved Massachusetts taxpayers from a $2 billion gas tax increase. The Legislature had voted to link the state gas tax to inflation. Geoff led a grassroots effort for a ballot question to repeal the tax hike. Massachusetts drivers have avoided three straight gas tax increases as a result.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website DiehlForSenate.com Oct 1, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Accelerate transition to clean energy

Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet and to our future. As President Trump and the Republicans continue to take the country backward, it's more important than ever that we have leadership here in Massachusetts that moves us forward. Massachusetts should be the first state in the nation to adopt carbon pricing, we should accelerate our transition to clean energy sources, and we should oppose any new gas pipelines that further our dependence on fossil fuels.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Gubernatorial website Jay4MA.com Sep 15, 2017

Jesse Gordon: Supports wind, solar & alternatives; paid for with a gas tax

Q: The United States must lead the world in tackling climate change, if we are to make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from polluting fossil fuels, and towards energy efficiency and sustainability.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: I support wind, solar, and other alternative energy, paid for with a gas tax; and I support removing all subsidies for oil, gas, and coal.

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jul 31, 2017

Bob Massie: Ran Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston

I ran a program for the past two years here in Boston that focused on climate justice, called the Sustainable Solutions Lab [at UMass Boston]. Boston could lose as much as a third of its land mass under sea-level rise, and with the other elements of storm surge and heat islands, and so forth, the city is going to come under unbelievable pressure. Some of [the affected places] are wealthier neighborhoods like Back Bay. One of them is the Seaport District--where, idiotically, we've put $2 billion of new investment in the most likely place to flood. [With] Seaport, the city approved it, and architects designed it, the bankers paid for it, and the insurance companies insured it--oh, and GE even put their headquarters there--and the whole thing's going under water.
Source: Commonwealth Magazine on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jun 16, 2017

Setti Warren: Support use of wind, solar, & other renewable energy

Solar Share Program:˙Setti has set aside 0.6 MW of the power produced by Newton's new solar power stations for a first-of-its-kind community solar share program, which will extend energy credits to qualified, low-income households on a zero-cost basis. This program is part of a larger investment in green energy development that will make Newton a municipal leader in clean, affordable energy policy.

By investing in upgrades to our electrical grid and supporting the use of wind, solar, and other renewable energy resources, we can cut the Commonwealth's carbon footprint, save money, and create good-paying 21st Century energy economy jobs.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts governor campaign website SettiWarren.com Jun 1, 2017

Bob Massie: Transform the state completely by pursuing renewable energy

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Robert Massie says he's running for governor in 2018. Massie was most recently head of the University of Massachusetts Boston's Sustainable Solutions Lab--which focuses on climate change research and preparedness.

Among Massie's top priorities is bringing more sustainable energy options to the state, which he said will create new jobs and boost a new sector of the economy. He said, "We have an opportunity to transform the state completely by pursuing renewable energy at a much faster rate, like what's going on across the world."

"I think it's about vision and leadership," he said. "Can you lay out a future for the state , drawing from the millions of wonderful ideas that people have , and have Massachusetts become again a leading force in the United States, pushing us towards a new economy that creates new jobs and is much more fair."

Source: WBUR 90.9 FM (NPR) on 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Charlie Baker: Reduce carbon footprint while maintaining supply of energy

Together [with the Legislature], we passed landmark legislation that will reduce our carbon footprint while maintaining a competitively priced and reliable supply of energy. And we've built on those efforts by issuing an Executive Order on Climate Change that directs state government to work with local governments, business, and non-profits to develop plans to further protect our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Massachusetts Legislature Jan 24, 2017

Charlie Baker: Develop hydropower--most cost effective renewable

Meeting our future energy needs requires cooperation with the other New England states because the region's energy infrastructure and supply is closely linked. We have a growing solar industry, which we should continue to support, but not at prices two to three times more than every other option. Cost competitive wind options are already available to us, and we should embrace them too. But if we're serious about reducing our carbon footprint while maintaining a reliable energy grid and improving our competitive position, then we must significantly increase the supply of hydropower.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Massachusetts legislature Jan 21, 2016

Don Berwick: Tax carbon emissions to reduce "undeniable climate crisis"

Berwick is calling for his state to become the first in the nation to establish a tax on carbon emissions. In a post on political commentary site Blue Mass Group, Berwick said an "undeniable climate crisis" was one of the driving factors in his decision to support a carbon tax. However, he also proposed replacing taxes on pollution with cuts in property and income taxes--something he said could increase Massachusetts' GDP by $450 million per year.

"As it is written today, our tax system puts more of a burden on the activities we want to encourage--work and investment--than it puts on pollution," Berwick wrote. "By levying a tax on harmful carbon dioxide emitted into our air, we can raise enough revenue to reduce the income and sales tax burdens for Massachusetts families and small businesses."

Out of the five Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, Berwick is actually one of three that has expressed support for a tax on carbon pollution; [the others are] Joe Avellone & Juliette Kayyem.

Source: ThinkProgress.com on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Feb 25, 2014

Don Berwick: Double state investment in clean energy from 0.6% to 1.2%

Berwick's announcement [calling for a carbon tax] is the latest in a string of statements by candidates for the state's highest office in support of various environmental measures including a carbon tax and cap-and-trade system, signalling the race may have a strong focus on climate-related issues.

Martha Coakley has not publicly come out in support of taxing pollution, saying that she's "not sure it's the only solution" to climate change. Coakley has in the past, however, voiced support for a national cap-and-trade program.

Berwick has also expressed support for a mandatory cap and trade carbon emissions control system, and has said he would double the state's investment in clean energy from 0.6 percent of the budget to 1.2 percent.

A tax on carbon emissions would be win for environmentalists and those concerned about climate change. If the US itself were to impose a carbon tax of $25 per ton of emissions, it would cut the deficit by $1 trillion over a decade.

Source: ThinkProgress.com on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Feb 25, 2014

Martha Coakley: Supports cap-and-trade, but not a carbon tax

Out of the five Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, Berwick is actually one of three that has expressed support for a tax on carbon pollution. Biotech executive Joe Avellone has said that he would support a revenue neutral carbon tax if elected, meaning there would be corresponding reductions in personal or corporate income taxes, and Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem said that she would also support a carbon tax, "as long as it can be done in a revenue neutral way and does not have a disparate impact on car-dependent communities."

Martha Coakley has not publicly come out in support of taxing pollution, saying that she's "not sure it's the only solution" to climate change. Coakley has in the past, however, voiced support for a national cap-and-trade program.

Berwick has also expressed support for a mandatory cap and trade carbon emissions control system, and has said he would double the state's investment in clean energy from 0.6 percent of the budget to 1.2 percent.

Source: ThinkProgress.com on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Feb 25, 2014

Bruce Skarin: Top priority: combatting global climate change

As far as political positions go, Skarin sometimes sounds like a conventional liberal, and sometimes like a fiscal conservative. "Things are changing," he said, noting the upsurge of independent candidates and the fact that independents now outnumber Democrats and Republicans combined both in Massachusetts and nationally. "We are the new majority."

Combatting global climate and the national debt are Mr. Skarin's top priorities.

Source: Worcester Telegram on 2014 Massachusetts Senate race Feb 14, 2014

Steve Grossman: Allocate 1% of state budget to climate change & clean energy

Grossman called for allocating one percent of the state's budget to deal with the challenges of climate change and to create jobs in clean energy.
Source: Wicked Local Brookline on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race Feb 14, 2014

Gabriel Gomez: I believe that there is global warming

Q: In a liberal state where the GOP agenda is not all that popular, where do you differ from most Senate Republicans?

GOMEZ: Congressman Markey wishes he was running against somebody else. But the reality is he's running against me. I disagree with the Republican Party in the number of issues. I believe in gay marriage. I'm for immigration reform bill. I'm a green Republican. I believe that there is global warming and that we have something to do with that. I also firmly believed that we need to have an expanded background check, the Toomey-Manchin bill. I'm ashamed that only four Republicans voted for this bill. And I think the NRA is completely wrong on this bill. There are a lot of areas I don't agree with, with Republican Party on. And, again, Congressman Markey wishes he was running against somebody else other than me.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013, on 2014 Massachusetts Senate race Jun 23, 2013

Mike Lee: I believe that there is global warming

Q: Markey's main argument against you is that if you win, you're just going to be another vote for the Republicans in the Senate.

(VIDEO CLIP): REP. ED MARKEY: They want and need him in Washington in order to advance a radical Republican agenda.

GOMEZ: See, Congressman Markey wishes he was running against somebody else. I disagree with the Republican Party in the number of issues. I believe in gay marriage. I'm for immigration reform bill. I'm a green Republican. I believe that there is global warming. I also firmly believed that we need to have an expanded background check, the Toomey-Manchin bill. I'm ashamed that only four Republicans voted for this bill. And I think the NRA is completely wrong on this bill. There are a lot of areas I don't agree with the Republican Party. [That's why] Congressman Markey wishes he was running against somebody else other than me.

Source: Fox News Sunday on 2013 Massachusetts Senate debate Jun 23, 2013

Deval Patrick: Cut Energy costs and develop renewable energy

I will cut energy costs to consumers through an active conservation education and rebate program. We will also give fast track and advantageous tax treatment to companies investing and creating jobs in renewable energy production, so that Massachusetts becomes the renewable energy center of the world.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p. 4 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Support renewable energy like Cape Wind

My Climate Protection Plan will support renewable energy projects whenever the benefits for all of us outweigh the disadvantages. I believe the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound is just such a project. I believe that well-designed renewable energy projects-both large and small-that pass strict environmental scrutiny deserve our support. I also believe we must develop a regulatory framework for managing ocean resources, and that we can do so in the context of advancing the Cape Wind project.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.30 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Tax credits for energy efficient cars

My administration will give excise and sales tax credits for consumer purchases of energy efficient cars and appliances, and for the use of energy-smart construction materials.

Power plants are essential sources of electric power and good jobs, but they can run with fewer emissions. We will enforce regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, and work with all operators to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants across the entire region.

Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.32 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Foster alternative energy businesses

I will work to make Massachusetts the world’s capital for businesses that develop alternative sources of energy and the next generation of energy-efficient products and technologies. In partnership with local authorities, my administration will create areas with environmental pre-approval for industrial and commercial development of these businesses.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.33 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Convert state fleet to hybrids and fuel-efficient cars

[We should] practice what we preach. As a major owner of buildings and land, and as the owner of fleets of vehicles, the Commonwealth will model the behavior we ask of our citizens. My administration will replace our state fleet with hybrids or other fuel-efficient vehicles, wherever practicable. We will also require energy-saving products and services in all state-sponsored construction. The state will lead the way as a purchaser of energy generated from renewable sources.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.34 Sep 15, 2005

John Kerry: Create new energy sources to end Mideast dependency

We must invest again in America and put our ingenuity to work to unclog our highways, to build a modern transportation network we can be proud of. We must harness the creative genius of our entrepreneurs, laboratories and universities to create the energy sources of the future, to liberate us from dependence on Middle East oil and do all of this while protecting our precious resources like the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
Source: Speech at Massachusetts Democratic Convention May 31, 2002

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