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Mass. at forefront of national climate change forum

Mass. at forefront of national climate change forum

From the Metrowest Daily News:

BOSTON — As proposals for global warming legislation gain traction on a national level, several Massachusetts officials have emerged as key players in the conversation.

Sen. Edward Markey has joined Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in announcing the Green New Deal, a sweeping policy bill that aims to drastically reduce carbon emissions in multiple sectors of the economy while also creating clean energy jobs.

Larry Stoodt, a member of the legislative team of the MetroWest node of 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future, a climate activist group, said a Green New Deal in Massachusetts is still in the development phase. But he commended Framingham’s three state reps – Maria Robinson, Jack Lewis and Carmine Gentile – for endorsing bills the group asked them to co-sponsor.

350 Massachusetts for a Better Future discussed how a state-level Green New Deal could lead to an equitable transition to clean energy during a recent meeting held in Wayland. Stoodt agrees Massachusetts was previously a leader in climate change policy, but believes it has since been surpassed by other states.

“We continue to deal with this as if it’s our children’s problem, and it’s not,” he said.

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