L’Italien Announces Comprehensive Federal Environment And Energy Platform
Aug 03, 2018 06:05AM
● By Theresa Gilman
State Senator Barbara L’Italien
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Barbara L’Italien for Congress.)
ANDOVER, MA — On Monday, State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover), candidate for Congress in the 3rd District, announced her sweeping and far-reaching plan to combat climate change, protect the environment, and catalyze the country’s renewable energy transition.
The plan is based in L’Italien’s years of experience working in the state legislature and in the communities she represents on issues of energy, climate change, conservation, and green job creation.
“While there is still much more we must do, Massachusetts has become a national leader on clean energy and the environment. From organizing at the grassroots level to successfully defeat the Kinder Morgan Pipeline to working to build our new offshore wind infrastructure, I’ve been proud to be a part of those wins,” said L’Italien. “We need to take Massachusetts’ green successes to the federal level, and I’m prepared to take my experience and do just that. While the Trump administration is gutting our environmental protections and denying climate change, we need advocates in Congress who can address these issues with the urgency they demand and with the serious policy-making and organizing skills they require.”
In addition to strong measures to combat climate change that L’Italien alone has already shown leadership on, such as carbon pricing and lifting the solar net metering cap, L'Italien’s plan centers around the unique needs of the 3rd District. She emphasizes clean water in a district centered around major rivers like the Merrimack; protections to help its many family farms; environmental justice for its many gateway cities like Lawrence; and green jobs and efficient transportation as means of economic development.
Other highlights of the plan include specific action to mitigate natural disasters, protect ratepayers from subsidizing fossil fuel expansion, and provide community solar in urban environmental justice communities.
L’Italien has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, Environmental League of Massachusetts and the League of Conservation Voters every single time she has run for state legislative office. In this race she has received endorsements from climate and energy leaders such as Senators Mike Barrett and Jamie Eldridge.
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