MA-GOV candidate Bob Massie has been a climate activist for years. Among many other things he’s done in his remarkable life, he started CERES, an organization I really admire, which has quite successfully gotten businesses on board for climate sustainability.
He can also wield a rhetorical shillelagh. He’s right on top of why the Baker administration has been such a disappointment (or just a fulfillment of low expectations) on climate and energy. On WGBH’s The Scrum podcast:
We are headed down right now absolutely the wrong road right now. We have utilities that should be serving the public; they are serving their investors and hedge funds that own them. We do not need any more natural gas capacity; in fact it’s dangerous to think about installing, because it locks us into fossil fuels for 30 years. I would start by dismissing the commissioners at the Department of Public Utilities because they work for the fossil fuel industry; that is their background. The governor has slowed wind, he has slowed solar. He has pushed for these pipelines. He is doing the exact opposite of what most countries around the world today are doing, which is embracing the technology the 21st-century. We are at risk of missing the greatest opportunity — economic opportunity in terms of jobs — in the history of Massachusetts, in order to safeguard a broken, dying, dangerous, dirty industry that remains in too much control. So this — as Governor, I will work to undo that control, and move us in a direction that I think most businesses and families will support. But we do not have the leadership, we’re stuck in that broken model that should be disbanded.
The whole thing is quite good. He’s talking to the people who are frustrated with the timidity of this administration on energy, transit, taking on Trump, etc. Don’t ignore this candidacy — he’s speaking to the moment.