Safeguarding our Environment

The greatest threat to our natural world is global warming.  We have begun to experience climate changes such as rising temperatures, high incidence of extreme weather conditions, irreversible melting of Antarctic ice fields, and extensive melting of ice fields above the Arctic Circle.  We in Massachusetts can lead by example.

What can we do about it?

  • Promote solar energy.  We need to be serious about wind and solar energy and end economic support of fossil fuel companies.  Solar energy technology is now quite practical and will only get more so as it becomes more widely used.  Massachusetts should be in the forefront of using clean renewable energy.  As your State Representative, I would support legislation to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and promote the use of solar energy.
  • Limit greenhouse gases. We can act by limiting production of so-called greenhouse gases.  Massachusetts bill H.2532 sponsored by Representative Tom Conroy and Senator Mike Barrett is revenue neutral while encouraging energy efficiency.  This bill proposes taxing pollution and providing rebates to mitigate what would otherwise be regressive taxation. The bill is effectively dead (sent for study).  As your State Representative, I would sponsor a similar bill and fight for its passage.
  • Repair natural gas leaks. Thousands of natural gas leaks in the Commonwealth kill trees and shrubs and exacerbate global warming.  Natural gas has a global warming effect 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. Utility companies grade gas leaks as level 1, 2, or 3. These companies typically do not repair level “3” leaks because they do not promise to upgrade to a “1” or “2.”  Some level “3” gas leaks are so bad that the gas can be smelled even on a windy day. I have visited sites in our communities where trees have died from these leaks. As your State Representative, I would push for the passage of legislation to repair these leaks (bill H.3873).
  • And many more things. There are many other environmental issues that we can address with legislation: passing an expanded bottle bill, restricting hazardous air pollutants, enhancing the viability of wind energy projects, and allowing folks to dry their clothes on clothes lines rather than burning fuel to create electricity to achieve the same end. These are just a few of the many measures we can take as a Commonwealth to safeguard our environment.

As your State Representative, I will fight to protect our environment for ourselves, our children, and generations to come. For more information about my positions on the environment and other issues, please visit http://www.carminegentile.com/platform/.

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