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Mike Capuano strongly believes that we must address climate change before it is too late. He supported the Climate Stewardship Act to create a cap and trade system and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He supported the SAFE Climate Act to freeze emissions and eventually reduce them below 1990 levels. Every year we fail to take action only makes the changes that will be required to stop global warming much more drastic.

Mike is a proponent of green jobs. Massachusetts, with its perfect mix of technology, education and research centers stands to benefit uniquely and become a national leader in the rapidly expanding green economy. Clean technology jobs are already one of the largest sources of employment in Massachusetts and also one of its fastest growing sectors. Mike and his colleagues succeeded in getting $500 million for green jobs training in the stimulus bill and billions more for energy and environmental research that will directly create thousands of new green jobs.

Mike supports increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. This is by far one of the easiest actions we can take to decrease our country’s transportation related emissions, which also reduces our reliance on foreign sources of energy.

Mike has long advocated for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), fighting every year for adequate funding. When Democrats were in the majority, this advocacy finally paid off when Congress approved $5.1 billion for the LIHEAP program, $2 billion more than a previous authorization. Mike continues to advocate for LIHEAP and will fight against efforts to underfund this program.

As Mayor of Somerville, Mike was often described as an urban environmentalist. Some of his accomplishments included:

  • Creating the first municipally based environmental strike force, which virtually eliminated illegal dumping in Somerville;

  • Hiring the first municipally based Environmental Protection Officer in Massachusetts;

  • Establishing a comprehensive recycling program that included full-scale curbside collection; composting and yard waste collection; and centralized collection for paint, motor oil and other household hazardous waste;

  • Planting thousands of new trees;

  • Reclaiming acres of industrial land and turning them into open space

  • Establishing a comprehensive recycling program that included full-scale curbside collection; composting and yard waste collection; and centralized collection for paint, motor oil and other household hazardous waste;

  • Planting thousands of new trees;

  • Reclaiming acres of industrial land and turning them into open space

 

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