“MA Takes Steps to Put Gas in the Past”

Ward 4 secretary Jonathan Cohn’s Guest Opinion in the February issue of The Fenway News shines a light on climate action—and inaction—in the Commonwealth. While Massachusetts voters have voiced strong support for an end of fossil fuel consumption, “[A] striking disconnect exists when it comes to climate policy… two-thirds of our in-state net electricity generation depends on gas for fuel. We want climate action, but we remain addicted to fossil fuels.”

“Our Legislature often loves to wait,” he writes, “but Mother Nature does not. We need to build on recent progress and guarantee that Massachusetts makes a comprehensive commitment to moving beyond fossil fuels.”

Jonathan points to historic inequities that have resulted in siting the worst pollution sources in low-income communities and communities of color. He also underscores the importance of creating “job opportunities in the clean energy workforce for gas industry workers and underserved communities.”

Read Jonathan’s cogent backstory, analysis of pending gas moratorium legislation (S.2113 and H.3187), and urgent call for Governor Healey to take executive action for a long-term green future.

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