State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Environment


Kevin O`Connor: Need strong federal policy to protect clean air and water

Kevin O`Connor knows nothing is more important for American families than clean air and clean water. Federal policy must protect our natural resources. Kevin O`Connor supports federal energy policy that strives for sustainability, renewability, and self- reliance. International agreements must be a part of our clean earth strategy, but such agreements must not disadvantage American innovation in world trade.
Source: 2020 Massachusetts Senate campaign website KOCforSenate.com Oct 6, 2020

Shiva Ayyadurai: Real problem is not climate change but pollution

When it comes to the environment and the issue of "climate change" the REAL PROBLEM is pollution and the REAL SOLUTION is clean air, clean water, and clean food. Distractions from that goal divide us from our common purpose for a CLEAN America. Focusing on clean air, clean water, and clean food, directing our united efforts to lowering pollution, and inspiring our youth, entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers to innovate is how we come together to solve the REAL PROBLEM of the environment.
Source: 2020 Massachusetts Senate campaign website Shiva4Senate.com Jun 24, 2020

Ed Markey: Nuclear power is a very expensive way to boil water

Almost 20 percent of the nation's electricity comes from nuclear power, Markey said, but "it's a very expensive way to boil water." For the same price of two new nuclear plants that will generate 2,200 megawatts, developers could produce more than 6,000 megawatts with solar power, Markey said. "These plants will phase out over time but they're going to be replaced very quickly by wind off the coastline of Massachusetts, solar panels on the roofs of citizens and with the energy efficiency technologies partnered with battery storage," Markey said.

Shannon Liss-Riordan said nuclear power "may be carbon free, but it is not risk free." She added, "It is not the direction of our future. We need to be moving toward these renewable sources that will be more competitive as we invest in the infrastructure to get solar, wind and geothermal power that we need."

Source: Springfield Republican on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Nov 11, 2019

Shannon Liss-Riordan: Nuclear power may be carbon free, but it is not risk free

Almost 20 percent of the nation's electricity comes from nuclear power, Markey said, but "it's a very expensive way to boil water." For the same price of two new nuclear plants that will generate 2,200 megawatts, developers could produce more than 6,000 megawatts with solar power, Markey said. "These plants will phase out over time but they're going to be replaced very quickly by wind off the coastline of Massachusetts, solar panels on the roofs of citizens and with the energy efficiency technologies partnered with battery storage," Markey said.

Shannon Liss-Riordan said nuclear power "may be carbon free, but it is not risk free." She added, "It is not the direction of our future. We need to be moving toward these renewable sources that will be more competitive as we invest in the infrastructure to get solar, wind and geothermal power that we need."

Source: Springfield Republican on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Nov 11, 2019

Lori Trahan: Hold responsible those who pollute the biosphere

Lori will hold those who sully the environment and pollute the biosphere responsible for their actions. Clean air and clean water are human rights. Lori knows that low-income communities of color are disproportionately saddled with high levels of pollution and toxic hazards. Lori understands that climate change will affect low-income and minority communities. Lori will work towards comprehensive climate change policies that do not leave any demographic behind.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts 3rd House campaign website LoriTrahan.com Oct 9, 2018

Heidi Wellman: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Fight EPA regulatory over-reach"?

A: YES

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Shiva Ayyadurai: GMOs are destroying our health; establish safety standards

Ayyadurai says, "Health begins with prevention and what we feed the body. GMOs are destroying our health. We need policies to ensure our food supply is safe and not ridden with pesticides or genetic modifications that have evaded safety assessments."

The scientist's multi-million dare to Monsanto--one of the world's largest producers of GMOs--revolves around his alleged discovery of the accumulation of high levels of formaldehyde in GMO-engineered plants, and his resulting shock that "acceptable standards for testing" do not exist. Here is Ayyadurai's challenge to the Monsanto Company: "If Monsanto can disprove the fact that there are no safety assessment standards for GMOs, the conclusion of our fourth paper, then I will give them my $10 million building."

Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign website shiva4senate.com Feb 22, 2018

John Kingston: Oppose subsidies of uneconomic green technologies

I recognize that our world is faced with fundamental challenges related to our impact on our natural environment. It is prudent that we study and implement ways to reduce our impact on the environment. 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 to our children, grandchildren, and future descendants. 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, as we need to be ready to deal with our energy needs without relying on potentially hostile foreign sources.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign website JohnKingston.com Feb 3, 2018

Jay Gonzalez: New revenue to fix our broken mass transit system

We desperately need new revenue for our transportation system. The condition of our transportation infrastructure and commute times in Massachusetts are among the worst in the country, and they are getting worse under the Baker Administration.

We need new revenue to fix our broken MBTA system. We can't keep asking residents to pay more and get less. Governor Baker has jacked up fares on riders and threatened to cut commuter rail service for weekend riders, seniors and the disabled. And his proposed timeline for getting the MBTA into a state of good repair is unacceptable, thanks to his refusal to acknowledge and support the need for new revenue.

We also need to invest more in Regional Transit Authorities that serve the rest of the state. We need to do the South Coast Rail project the right way from the beginning--electrified via the Stoughton route. And that's why we need to seriously explore high-speed rail to Springfield, the North-South Rail Link and the Blue Line extension to Lynn.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign website jay4ma.com Dec 12, 2017

Geoff Diehl: Compromise on allowing fishing despite fraud in reporting

South Coast officials and seafood industry interests were stunned by Monday's federal decision to shut down a sector with ties to disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael. The decision stems from the fraud perpetrated by fishing magnate Carlos Rafael, but there's collateral damage involved for people whose jobs are tethered to the harvesting of groundfish.

Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl spoke up for both "accountability in reporting" and the fishing industry. "It is a tragedy for New Bedford that federal regulators are prohibiting 60 permit holders from fishing until next May," Diehl wrote. "There needs to be a better solution than putting hundreds of New Bedford fishermen out of work as we head into the holiday season. Understanding the need for accountability in reporting within the fishing industry, I believe there should be a compromise allowing the fishing fleet to comply instead of unilaterally shutting them down over the next six months."

Source: State House News Service on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race Nov 22, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Address water pollution despite Trump administration

The following is a statement from Jay Gonzalez, Democrat for Governor in response to yesterday's Boston Globe story on Governor Baker's decision to abandon plans to address water pollution.

"President Trump's disregard for our environment is yet another example of the ways in which he is taking this country backwards. Rather than aligning himself with President Trump and subjecting our Commonwealth to these dangerous policies, Governor Baker ought to demonstrate real leadership by pressing ahead with plans that will protect our environment. Governor Baker's decision to follow Trump's lead and punt on environmental protection is disappointing and indicative of the kind of lead-from-behind governance we've come to expect from him."

Source: 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign website jay4ma.com Aug 4, 2017

Bob Massie: Climate injustice is another form of social injustice

Q: How do we make the conversation about climate justice, the concept of resilience, a central part of the conversation about economic inequality and racial injustice?

A: [Climate] is often seen as a white, middle-class issue, and not directly connected to social-justice questions. That is a mistake. First of all, the people who are being harmed, and will be harmed, by climate change are overwhelmingly poor people and people of color, around the world and in the United States. All of the problems that poor communities are already facing are going to become dramatically worse. And yet, it will be the relatively privileged groups that will go to the legislature and say, bail us out first. So this tension is between people who say, rescue us from climate, and those who are under the severe impact of disenfranchisement and low income, who say, this is a social-justice issue that is just going to get worse, unless we address it now.

Source: Commonwealth Magazine on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jun 16, 2017

Bob Massie: Integrate thinking: environment, transportation, & housing

Q: Can you give an example of something that's both social resilience and climate resilience?

A: One is, you can invest in local neighborhoods and make them more energy efficient, and plant more trees, and make them more resistant to flood damage-- and that also increases their social resilience because you're making safer communities, you're making more beautiful communities. The 21st century must entirely be about integrated thinking, the relationship between all of these pieces--employment, education, job creation, wages, environment, climate change, transportation, housing, all of these pieces, they all fit together--and as long as you keep them in different boxes and pursue policies that are unaware of each other, you are going to lose the thread and start doing things that are even counterproductive.

Source: Commonwealth Magazine on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jun 16, 2017

Setti Warren: Reinstate Lynn ferry service and extend the Blue Line

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren promised to revitalize the city by reinstating ferry service and extending the Blue Line. "There's no reason why we can't put ferry service back to Lynn," he said. "It ran for two summers until it was cut. We need to restore it so people can get in and out of the city and expand transportation."

On the long-awaited 4.5 mile Blue Line extension from Wonderland Station in Revere into Lynn, Warren said it's a project that's time has come. "The Blue Line extension has been under discussion for more than four decades and we've got to make sure it happens," he said. "When the transit line is extended, that will expand Lynn's economy. A few miles away in Boston, there are cranes on the city's skyline and we need to make sure that spreads to Lynn."

Source: Lynn Daily Item on 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race May 26, 2017

Don Berwick: The air matters, the water matters; it's all a system

Q: You alluded to a lot of momentum here in Massachusetts. Can you take it to another level? Where do you see it going? It isn't just healthcare, right?

A: No. I wouldn't do this if I were only interested in healthcare. I'm interested in community, in working together--and that means small communities, not just statewide. I've been thinking more and more about what I call thriving or flourishing, or being the kind of community we want to be. That's not healthcare alone. Healthcare's got to be right, but everything triangulates on it. It's a system. Schools matter, roads matter, talent matters, the air matters, the water matters, and one of the wonderful things I think about is that if I get to be governor, I can work at that systemic level.

Source: Medscape interview on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race Feb 18, 2014

Deval Patrick: Actively protect water and wetlands

Repairing sewers and storm drains, treating wastewater, and modernizing our water infrastructure are essential responsibilities of government. My administration will get those jobs done. We will also restore the Commonwealth’s leadership among the states in protecting coastal and inland wetlands.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.32 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Focus on environmental justice in poor communities

[I support] environmental health and justice. My administration will not sideline poor communities and communities of color when it comes to addressing the use of toxic chemicals and the clean-up of polluted sites. The Department of Environmental Protection will have appropriate resources to run the state’s clean-up program. Massachusetts has made an important start on reducing toxic mercury emissions from power plants, but [we should] work to phase out the use of mercury in consumer products.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.33 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Invest in public transportation & smart growth

Public transportation is good for the environment, for our communities, for our quality of life and for our economy. I will invest in high quality, efficient, convenient, safe, and attractive public transportation across the state.

My administration will make transportation policy a centerpiece of “smart growth,” and will work with local governments and developers on incentives to redevelop under-used parcels of land near public transportation.

Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.34 Sep 15, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on requiring dental amalgam (mercury) separators

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Toxics Use Reductions. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Gov. Romney vetoed a budget line item ("Section 41") which would require the use of advanced filtration technology, certified amalgam separators at each dental office in Massachusetts, and would empower the department of environmental protection to enforce this (because dental amalgam contains high levels of mercury). The House vote was to override the governor's veto. A yes vote would override the veto and impose the requirement. A no vote would sustain the veto and not require separating out the mercury.

Relevant platform section: Toxics Use Reductions: We strongly support the state's Toxics Use Reduction Law...while encouraging reduced use of environmentally hazardous materials.

Source citation: Bill Veto Override, sec. 41 ; vote number H875

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 30, 2004

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on requiring dental amalgam (mercury) separators

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Toxics Use Reductions. [State Rep. Walsh, a Republican, voted YES].

Gov. Romney vetoed a budget line item ("Section 41") which would require the use of advanced filtration technology, certified amalgam separators at each dental office in Massachusetts, and would empower the department of environmental protection to enforce this (because dental amalgam contains high levels of mercury). The House vote was to override the governor's veto. A yes vote would override the veto and impose the requirement. A no vote would sustain the veto and not require separating out the mercury.

Relevant platform section: Toxics Use Reductions: We strongly support the state's Toxics Use Reduction Law...while encouraging reduced use of environmentally hazardous materials.

Source citation: Bill Veto Override, sec. 41 ; vote number H875

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 30, 2004

Karyn Polito: Opposed keeping park maintenance funding within MDC

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment:Safeguarding Natural Resources. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: The division of urban parks and recreation in the department of conservation and recreation shall assume the sole responsibility for the delivery and the performance of services for all maintenance and repair work, including snow and ice control, for the roads and bridges previously under the control of the Metropolitan District Commission. No MDC assets or services may be transferred either in whole or in part to any other agency, without the express prior approval of the general court.

Relevant platform section: "We believe in the value of public parks and beaches in our Commonwealth that are clean, safe, well maintained, and which offer a wide range of recreational choices."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 447

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Nov 17, 2003

Marty Walsh: Supported keeping park maintenance funding within MDC

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment:Safeguarding Natural Resources. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: The division of urban parks and recreation in the department of conservation and recreation shall assume the sole responsibility for the delivery and the performance of services for all maintenance and repair work, including snow and ice control, for the roads and bridges previously under the control of the Metropolitan District Commission. No MDC assets or services may be transferred either in whole or in part to any other agency, without the express prior approval of the general court.

Relevant platform section: "We believe in the value of public parks and beaches in our Commonwealth that are clean, safe, well maintained, and which offer a wide range of recreational choices."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 447

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Nov 17, 2003

Scott Brown: Opposed keeping park maintenance funding within MDC

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment:Safeguarding Natural Resources. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: The division of urban parks and recreation in the department of conservation and recreation shall assume the sole responsibility for the delivery and the performance of services for all maintenance and repair work, including snow and ice control, for the roads and bridges previously under the control of the Metropolitan District Commission. No MDC assets or services may be transferred either in whole or in part to any other agency, without the express prior approval of the general court.

Relevant platform section: "We believe in the value of public parks and beaches in our Commonwealth that are clean, safe, well maintained, and which offer a wide range of recreational choices."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 447

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Nov 17, 2003

Richard Tisei: Supported cuts in Water Management Act enforcement

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment :Environmental Law Enforcement. [State Sen. Tisei, a Republican, voted NO]. Voted NO on Veto override of cuts in Water Management Act enforcement, to override Gov. Romney's reduction of Budget Line Item 2800-0101, which eliminated the ability of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to patrol watershed areas and enforce the Water Management Act.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is PART VIII: ENVIRONMENT, PRESERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY: Environmental Law Enforcement: "We believe it is a basic responsibility of government to ensure that all laws enacted to protect our environment are obeyed and enforced. We support more frequent inspections, vigorous enforcement, penalties sufficiently high to take away any economic incentive to disobey the law, and earmarking a portion of such penalties for environmental cleanup."

Reference: Bill H.4004 item 2800-0101 ; vote number S221 on Jul 17, 2003

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 17, 2003

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on reduced fees for blood lead level testing

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Food Safety, Pesticides and Public Health. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels (fees charged by the division of occupational safety). The fees would be limited based on the fees in 2002.

Relevant budget section: SECTION 631. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and with the exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels, fees charged by the division of occupational safety... shall be set at a rate not less than twice the rate charged on July 1, 2002.".

Relevant platform section: PART VIII: "We believe state and federal regulatory agencies should pay especially close attention to pollutants that have a direct impact on our families' health, with a particular emphasis on regulating mercury, arsenic, pesticides, & lead."

Source citation: Bill Veto Override ; vote #H176

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on reduced fees for blood lead level testing

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Food Safety, Pesticides and Public Health. [State Rep. Walsh, a Republican, voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels (fees charged by the division of occupational safety). The fees would be limited based on the fees in 2002.

Relevant budget section: SECTION 631. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and with the exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels, fees charged by the division of occupational safety... shall be set at a rate not less than twice the rate charged on July 1, 2002.".

Relevant platform section: PART VIII: "We believe state and federal regulatory agencies should pay especially close attention to pollutants that have a direct impact on our families' health, with a particular emphasis on regulating mercury, arsenic, pesticides, & lead."

Source citation: Bill Veto Override ; vote #H176

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

Richard Tisei: Voted NO on reduced fees for blood lead level testing

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Food Safety, Pesticides and Public Health. [State Sen. Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels (fees charged by the division of occupational safety). The fees would be limited based on the fees in 2002.

Relevant budget section: SECTION 631. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and with the exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels, fees charged by the division of occupational safety... shall be set at a rate not less than twice the rate charged on July 1, 2002.".

Relevant platform section: PART VIII: "We believe state and federal regulatory agencies should pay especially close attention to pollutants that have a direct impact on our families' health, with a particular emphasis on regulating mercury, arsenic, pesticides, & lead."

Source citation: Bill Veto Override ; vote #H176

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

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