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Climate Change: Action NOW to Save the Planet

We must act NOW to stop climate change, and save the planet.

 

Though Henry David Thoreau is considered by many to be a founder of environmentalism, some of the best environmental writings come from Ralph Waldo Emerson. One of my favorite quotes of his is this:

"He who knows the most, he who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the water, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man."

As state senator, I will always work to protect those "enchantments." I've spent countless hours in Walden Woods in deep understanding of the sacred duty we have to protect the earth for us, and for future generations.

But today, due to waste, pollution, and unsustainable fossil fuel use, the future of our planet itself is at risk.

As state senator, I will support development of alternative, sustainable forms of energy, including but not limited to on-shore and off-shore wind energy, solar energy, and ocean wave energy, and support the development of clear and expedited permitting to fast track these developments.

I will support passage of the .

I will support stronger public transportation, oppose service cuts, and encourage the development of new housing and business development near existing public transportation lines and stations. An online sales tax, a gas tax that provides protections for low-income families, congestion pricing, and toll roads can all help raise the necessary revenue.

I will support energy efficiency, including supporting a pilot program to label buildings with energy efficiency ratings, and improved weatherization of existing buildings, with low-interest loans available to building owners who can repay the loans at the rate their buildings save on energy costs.

With Republicans in climate change denial, and corporate political spending on steroids to elect candidates who will gut the Environmental Protection Agency, it's more important than ever to have the strong leadership I will provide in the Massachusetts State Senate to protect the environment, and preserve our enchantments for generations to come.

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x August 30, 2012 at 08:46 PM
How about a tax every time you press the 'Submit' button for a reply on the Patch? I figure we could see that in Obama's third term. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Paul Tress August 30, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Everyone is complicating this and other issues. If the Speaker of the Massachusetts House wants it, it occurs. Otherwise it is tabled. This is what happens in a one party state and why, unfortunately, the primary on Thursday September 6th is the closest we have to a real election, Senator Brown, fortunately being an exception.
Tom Christiano August 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM
All five Democratic State Senate candidates participated in a debate this week, on the Politically Incorrect TV show. Here is a link to the YouTube video of this one hour debate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_e4mo5Yaao
Cornelius Cob August 31, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Maybe for some things. For climate change however, the problem is that there isn't a replacement for a coal power plant. It's like the common cold, there isn't a cure. Hydrogen is the closest solution but no one has figured out how to make hydrogen fuel from water without using lots of electricity or fossil fuels. The only solution is to improve our schools and to stop labeling smart kids nerds.
Aron Levy August 31, 2012 at 04:36 PM
In that case, you'd be the leading tax contributor in the region.

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