From stomv, in response to the jconway's contention: “I have had four years of great plans and rhetoric from patrick and four years of him not delivering. Just saying.”
- We've joined RGGI.
- Executive orders require purchasing of “most efficient” vehicles for gov't, as well as efficient use.
- Green Communities Act.
- Stretch Code.
- RPS standards among the best in the nation.
- Why, just last week they announced they'd used $185M in stimulus funds to leverage $800M worth of energy upgrades to water waste processing facilities around the state — everything from switching to VFD motors to installing solar and wind generation on-site. At least one of the facilities will become a net-zero facility w.r.t. energy.
- “Swap” deal with CSXT for the Boston to Worcester line, allowing for more commuter runs west and, eventually, to the south shore as well.
- MassDOT, which gives the MBTA a fighting chance.
- Bike lanes on bridges formerly controlled by DCR.
He hasn't been perfect, and he doesn't get sole credit for any of these, as no governor is an island. At the same time, he deserves tremendous credit for all of these things, and I'm sure I've forgotten a few. On other issues progress has been slower, but frankly Deval Patrick joins Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Bloomberg as the top three executives who've pushed hardest and accomplished most on green issues. A second (or third!) term allows for keeping the momentum getting even more done by moving “normal”.