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01/14/20

Climate Action Now MA

Testimony from Senator Jo ComerfordState House halls were alive today with CLIMATE advocates from across the Commonwealth demanding that the Legislature put a price on carbon emissions. I say YES to that. (My written testimony is linked below.)

The Committee likely heard from business groups today that told members that carbon pricing and capping emissions will raise the cost of doing business such that they’ll move out of state.

What they didn't say -- I bet -- is the cost of not doing this.

We know that CO2 emissions have a monetary impact. We know this because our Legislature has already appropriated millions of dollars as a result of that impact:
**In the form of sea walls we have to build,
**Municipal climate adaptation that is already taking place,
**Rebuilding and rebounding from natural disasters that are made stronger and more frequent due to the warmed climate

All of these things will cost the Massachusetts taxpayers money.

And of course, we know there are mounting health impacts -- as these emissions directly affect the air we breathe:
**Increasing airborne allergens ,
**negatively impacting respiratory and cardiovascular systems,
**and increasing asthma episodes and rates.

We can generate cost estimates for some of the public health effects. Some of these are far too costly to put a price tag on.

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Some may say today that Massachusetts, alone, reducing our emissions won’t be enough. So why should we -- the Commonwealth -- put a price on CO2?

Well, as opposed to some of the steep and growing costs that we know will come from runaway climate change, we also know that Massachusetts has already experienced a green jobs boom as a result of policies we HAVE put in place: The 2019 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report shows that Clean energy employment has grown 86%, since 2010. That’s 52,000 good new jobs.

Enacting a carbon pricing policy will show the world that the Massachusetts green energy economy is open for business. It will attract out of state and multinational companies that want to create and sell green energy solutions.

Combined with our state’s knowledge economy, this can be our Commonwealth’s contribution to the climate crisis: Creating cutting edge clean energy technologies that we can patent here and sell to the rest of the world.

My district needs the skilled jobs and health benefits that we know this green energy revolution will produce. Let's join together to move our state boldly forward.

H/t to Climate Action Now MA, Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley, Mass Sierra Club, Environment Massachusetts, Mass Power Forward, Mass Power Forward Climate Lobby Day, Clean Water Action Massachusetts, 350 Mass for a Better Future, and more!

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Testimony from Senator Jo Comerford
Thank you to those who made the journey! Good luck today

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Outside Baker's office

Thanks and please remember, it's not just about carbon pricing 🤨

Thank you, all!

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