As mudslides on the west coast and an epic blizzard on the East Coast competed for news coverage last week, nothing could dim the glow of an economic report that contained a remarkable conclusion: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to make California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger look like a carbon girlie man.
According to the Eastern Research Group, Massachusetts is on target to cut carbon almost 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, thanks largely to significant programs that improve energy efficiency in factories, buildings, and transportation. Those programs will save money, making Massachusetts more competitive than, say California. Governor Patrick is also doing it with wind and solar energy incentive programs, creating jobs and new domestic energy sources.
Right. The important thing is energy efficiency, saving money, and reducing greenhouse gases. These things are the same thing!
Massachusetts is showing that this stuff can and should be done — and how to do it. That's not a small thing. It may be the biggest. Just flat-out good news. Enjoy it. Trumpet it. (Compare and contrast to the alternatives …)