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What Charlie Baker’s Popularity Says About The State Of The Commonwealth

What Charlie Baker’s Popularity Says About The State Of The Commonwealth

…Let’s take a closer look at what has actually happened since Massachusetts joined the U.S. Climate Alliance after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Many Massachusetts liberals celebrated the move as evidence of Baker’s practicality. But what most still haven’t acknowledged is the inconvenient truth that Baker has barely committed Massachusetts to transitioning to clean energy alternatives, as required of all states that join the U.S. Climate Alliance. (He hasn’t said much about proposed fossil fuel projectsin Massachusetts either.) This pattern of placation and inaction also reveals itself when we reconcile Baker’s criticisms of the Trump administration’s draconian language on immigration with the fact that Baker has stood by and done nothing as emboldened ICE agents terrorize the state’s communities and rip Massachusetts families apart. Even Baker’s refusal to vote for either of the two presidential candidates in the 2016 election feels like a cheap farce when one considers the weight and consequence of that election…

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wbur.org/cognoscenti/2017/12/06/charlie-baker-miles-howard

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