Gabriel Gomez called himself a “green Republican” in yesterday’s debate. Here’s a response from Drew Grande, the Sierra Club’s Massachusetts organizer:
We already knew Gabriel Gomez was relying on Mitch McConnell to help him rake in corporate campaign cash, but apparently Gomez needed McConnell’s political playbook, too. The only way Gomez can claim to be a ‘green republican’ while supporting the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline is if he subscribes to the same disingenuous political tactics that McConnell has used to throw the Senate into disarray for years. If Gomez has a problem with people in his party like McConnell denying science, maybe he should stop denying reality and oppose the Keystone XL pipeline that would put our nation at risk while making our climate crisis worse.
The Sierra Club is proud to support Ed Markey – the one candidate in this race who has consistently stood up for climate action that will create new clean energy jobs in the Commonwealth while securing a safe, healthy future for generations to come.
Given that Gomez is completely incoherent on climate and energy, I’m not at all surprised that he would say he’s green in one breath and wants to deepen our addiction to climate-disrupting dirty fuels in the next.
But the more cynical would compare Gomez to George W. Bush. Gomez, like Bush, has invested heavily in dirty energy. And Gomez, like Bush, claims to understand climate science while not wanting to do a single thing to cut carbon pollution and continuing to let oil & coal lobbyists write America’s energy policies.
Ed Markey is making climate action – cutting carbon pollution to protect current and future generations from the worst impacts of climate change, safeguarding our vulnerable coastlines from superstorms like Sandy, and creating good-paying clean energy jobs – one of his campaign’s top priorities. Want to tell voters who the real green candidate is in this race? Volunteer for Ed this weekend.