June 2nd, 2017
When leading scientists throughout the world agree on a single issue, it should be a clear sign that we lawmakers need to pay attention. Climate change is real, and it jeopardizes our homes, our cities, our futures, and the only planet we have. In Massachusetts, we see the destructive impact of climate change firsthand, from coast line erosion threatening homes and communities, to last summer’s drought that damaged our local economy. The record-breaking snow levels we have had over the past couple years shut down our roads, trains, and even our hospitals for days on end.
As your Representative in Congress, I’m committed to doing everything I can to create forward-looking policies that will make us more resilient against extreme weather and help to reduce our contribution to climate change. I’m proud to be a member of the only bipartisan House Caucus focused on climate change, the Climate Solutions Caucus. This group of Democrats and Republicans seeks policy solutions that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.
Energy independence and security are important for the economic well-being of the United States, and I will support legislation that moves our country closer to energy independence when it also includes provisions that protect public health and our environment.
I’m proud to represent a state and a district that are leaders in addressing climate change. In 2007, Massachusetts joined eight other northeastern states in implementing the nation’s first market-based program aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), this proposal demonstrates what I’m telling my colleagues in Congress: environmental protection and economic growth can go hand in hand.
I believe the U.S. must be a leader on climate change, and I strongly supported President Obama’s Clean Climate Agenda and his efforts to broker carbon reductions with China. By contrast, President Trump’s executive order on the environment shows a complete disregard for facts and science. Trump’s executive order completely ignores reality and will irresponsibly roll back the progress we made under President Obama to protect our environment for generations to come. And Trump’s order does nothing to create 21st century jobs or make us competitive in the global economy.
Environmental protection and economic growth go hand in hand with smart, effective policies. But Trump’s disastrous plan is not only harmful to our environment, but to our economy and our national security as well. I will continue to advocate for smart, effective regulations that decrease greenhouse gas pollution and ensure a healthier environment for future generations.
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