Massachusetts has emerged as a national leader on energy, making substantial progress in transitioning away from polluting sources of power to renewable energy and energy efficiency. But now our state is poised to invest billions of dollars to replace retiring power plants with long-lived infrastructure that will shape our future. We must ensure that our state adopts an energy policy that supports local renewable energy resources, keeps energy dollars in our communities, creates sustainable, living-wage jobs and protects our Commonwealth from climate change and life-threatening pollution. We call on our state leaders to power forward with energy solutions that are accountable to our communities, our environment and our future.
Our campaign supports energy policy that:
1. Advances Massachusetts toward a safer and healthier economy powered by 100% clean, renewable sources for heat and power, maximizing energy efficiency, demand reduction, energy storage, responsibly sited solar, wind on and off-shore;
2. Combats climate change, keeping us on track to reduce global warming pollution by no less than 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050;
3. Reduces our dependence on polluting energy sources such as coal, oil, gas and nuclear power, burn technologies like biomass and trash incinerators, and all systems that generate power at the expense of public health; and prohibits public subsidies for new fossil fuel infrastructure;
4. Democratizes our power grid, empowering everyday people to access, own and control locally generated energy; and prioritizes people over corporations, putting neighborhoods, families and public lands over polluting energy industries;
5. Ensures a just transition for workers and communities with retiring power plants and opens up the benefits of the green economy to low-income people and people of color.