“Carbon Pricing” Takes Center Stage at State House Hearing at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 27

Submitted by Bedford’s State Senator Mike Barrett

Mike-Barrett-logoOn Tuesday, October 27 at 1 p.m. in State House Room B-1, the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy will hear from businesspeople, economists and faith groups on a major legislative initiative to “put a price on carbon.”

State Senator says Mass. should lead U.S. by putting a price on carbon

State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), chief sponsor of An Act combating climate change, says carbon pricing is the single most effective step state government can take to combat global warming.  It’s an opportunity for Massachusetts to lead the country, as it has on health care and marriage equality.

The bill is that rare approach that can unite conservatives and progressives.  Carbon pricing is supported by Prof. N. Gregory Mankiw, former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush and key advisor to Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign, and George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan.

A recent Mass. Dept. of Energy Resources study found that a price on carbon in MA would create jobs (4,000-10,000 by 2030); would not financially harm low-income people; and would reduce carbon emissions to a “significant degree.”

Get the basics of the bill and check out the economic analysis.

When: Tuesday, October 27, at 1 p.m.

Where: State House, Room B-1

Expected to testify:

  • Top economists
  • Local businesspeople
  • Faith leaders
  • Statewide environmental groups
  • Sen. Barrett

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Renu Bostwick
Renu Bostwick
6 years ago

Flooding legislators’ inboxes with letters to
support a measure can make a difference, as it shows them what their
constituents care about and brings the issue to their attention. It would be great if you could fill out the form and then ask some people you know to do so as well! Here is the link to the action: https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51243/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16200

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