State Sen. Cindy F. Friedman, Democrat of Arlington and state Rep. David M. Rogers, Democrat of Cambridge, recently joined more than 80 of their legislative colleagues in uniting to support in what they see as bold climate solutions in 2019.
The officials signed onto a statement circulated by Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, Democrat of Taunton, and Rep. Ruth B. Balser, Democrat of Newton – titled “A New Year’s Resolution: Committing to the Enactment and Implementation of Bold Climate Solutions in 2019” – which signals commitment to climate action in the 2019-2020 legislative session.
“We must take real action to address the threat of climate change with a sense of urgency so that we can build a sustainable future for generations to come,” Friedman said in a Jan. 16 news release. “The federal government may fail to address, or even acknowledge, this threat to humanity, but Massachusetts will not.”
Rogers added, “Climate change is the pressing environmental issue of our time, and recent reports from our federal government, and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel present the most alarming data yet. We must protect our environment while creating high-paying jobs in the innovative clean energy sectors.”
The New Year’s Resolution statement highlights the need to update statewide emissions requirements established in 2008 by the Global Warming Solutions Act. At a Dec. 18 oversight hearing held by the standing Senate Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change and the standing House Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change, climate scientists testified that the state is not on pace to reach its emissions reduction mandates. Expert testimony also stressed that the state’s current requirements, adopted a decade ago, are no longer enough to mitigate the imminent effects of climate change.
Friedman represents the 4th Middlesex district, which includes Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Woburn and precincts 1-2 and 4-7 in Lexington.
Rogers represents the 24th Middlesex district, which includes precincts 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 in Arlington, Belmont, and precincts 1 and 3 in Cambridge.
This news announcement was published Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.
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