Dan Koh Rolls Out Comprehensive Plan To Take Action On Climate Change
Mar 31, 2018 02:27PM
By Theresa Gilman
ANDOVER, MA – Emphasizing that “we need to stand up to this President’s attack on the environment,” Democratic congressional candidate Dan Koh today announced a progressive proposal to take action on climate change. The detailed policy platform is available at koh2018.com/environment. Koh’s proposal focuses on four priorities: cutting greenhouse gas emissions, supporting the development of renewable energy, safeguarding natural resources, and preparing communities for climate change.
“Regardless of what President Trump says or tweets, the reality is that climate change is already devastating communities,” said Koh. “We need to stand up to this President’s attack on the environment and re-assert America’s leadership on climate change. That’s why after President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement, I worked with Mayor Walsh to fight back and re-commit Boston to its bold goal of going carbon-neutral by 2050. We must transition to 100% clean energy and do everything we can to leave a healthy planet for the next generation.”
Highlights from the plan include:
- Protecting and expanding funding for clean energy research programs
- Reversing President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement
- Creating a modern power grid that can reliably store renewable energy over the long-term
- Extending incentives like the solar Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit for wind
- Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund
- Building climate-resilient infrastructure
“This is exactly the forward-looking environmental agenda that we need,” said former Marlborough State Senator and Massachusetts Environmental Secretary Bob Durand. “I know that in Congress, Dan will work to combat climate change and fight back against the Trump administration’s reckless policies on the environment.”
“Dan understands that if we incentivize wind and solar production, we can create good-paying jobs in the industries of the future,” said Business Manager of IBEW Local 96 Thomas Maloney. Local 96's members receive extensive training to work on renewable energy projects.
"Constituents deserve to know what policymakers will advocate for in Congress," said Koh. "I look forward to continuing to meet with and talk to voters across the Third District about how we can address climate change and protect our environment."
About Dan Koh
A native of Andover of Korean-Lebanese descent whose great-grandparents came to Lawrence over a century ago, Dan is dedicated to preserving the American Dream that made his own story possible. Dan most recently served as Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, where he managed 18,000 employees and a $3 billion budget during one of the most prosperous four-year stretches in Boston’s history. In Congress, Dan will stand up to President Trump and promote universal healthcare and a forward-looking jobs program so that everyone can get ahead.