Can you believe that Election Day is less than one month away? There have been a lot of exciting things happening on the campaign, but I wanted to specifically tell you about one endorsement I'm especially proud of -- the Environmental League of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts must be a national leader in combating climate change and promoting environmental sustainability.
As Selectman, I've worked on local strategies to make Lexington greener and healthier. I’ve helped the communities I’ve worked for win “Leading by Example” awards in the environmental arena. In the Legislature, I will stand firm on the provisions of the Global Warming Solutions Act and push for better planning to ensure we can meet and exceed our targets.
I will support increasing the renewable portfolio standard at a faster rate, so we can have clean energy sooner. I will strongly advocate for important initiatives including raising the cap on solar net metering, retrofitting State facilities and switching our public vehicle fleet to energy-efficient vehicles. I will look for ways to hold energy companies accountable for plugging their leaking gas pipes. I will push State agencies to help communities set net-zero energy consumption goals. I will oppose efforts to expand gas pipelines, especially those coming from fracking. I will promote State efforts to work with local communities to prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change.
In everything we do, climate must be considered in all our policies because it is the most pressing struggle we face. Getting it wrong is not an option for our planet and we owe it to our children and grandchildren to lead on this issue.