Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick says investing in renewable …

December 21, 2013 by  
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Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick said Thursday that if elected, he would increase the state’s focus on investing in clean energy and work not only to benefit the environment, but to spur job growth in Massachusetts.

“Climate change is the most pressing concern to the health of our planet and our populations,” Berwick said. “Rising sea levels, droughts, wildfires, and unprecedented climate change-induced storms threaten our livelihood as a Commonwealth. I will double down on efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our precious natural resources for ourselves and for future generations.”

In a conference call with reporters, Berwick, a former Medicare and Medicaid administrator, said that during his first month in office, he would appoint a climate preparedness director to assess the state’s infrastructure and ensure a proper response to severe weather events such as Hurricane Sandy.

Also on his environmental agenda is to decrease air pollution by pushing other states to adopt stricter air pollution standards and work to “get rid of antiquated coal-burning power plants.” The Commonwealth’s bodies of water and waterways would also get a boost, according to Berwick, who says he would allocate additional state resources toward cleaning them up and maintaining their health.

As far as renewable energy is concerned, Berwick says his administration would “expand renewable energy at a pace-setting clip” to ensure the state reaches its goal of producing 1,600 megawatts of solar energy by 2020. He also supports the Cape Wind project and exploring other off-shore wind farms to generate energy for the commonwealth.

“Clean energy jobs have grown by double digits for each of the past two years, and by nearly 25 percent over that period,” Berwick said. “As Governor, I will partner with the green energy sector to nurture that growth and ensure that Massachusetts has a bright clean energy future.”

Read Berwick’s full environmental proposal here and his full energy policy pitch here.

Other Democratic candidates running include Juliette Kayyem, a former national security advisor, state Attorney General Martha Coakley, state Treasurer Steven Grossman and Joe Avellone III, a surgeon and former Wellesley selectman.

Charlie Baker, who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2010, is facing a challenge for the Republican Party’s nomination from Tea Party member Mark Fisher of Shrewsbury. Baker is also running as a team with lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito, a former state representative who ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2010.

Health care executive Evan Falchuk is running under his newly created United Independent Party and Jeffrey McCormick, a founder of the Boston venture capital firm Saturn Partners, entered the race as an independent in late October. The Springfield-based anti-gay minister Scott Lively, who’s platform includes protecting the state’s honeybees and the intention to “unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise,” also recently announced his candidacy.

The primary election in the gubernatorial race will take place on Sept. 16, 2014 with the general election slated for Nov. 4.

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