Respecting and preserving our environment has always been a priority for Mike.
Mike is a proponent of green and renewable sources of energy as an investment in job growth and environmental stewardship. He stands strong against the Trump Administration’s relentless assault on environmental policies.
Mike is deeply concerned about the way that the Trump Administration is managing environmental issues. From shrinking the size of two Utah national monuments to issuing far fewer fines to polluters, the Trump Administration is systematically destabilizing environmental protection efforts.
Under Trump, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act are being undermined in countless ways. The administration is in the process of opening most of the coastline up to offshore drilling, with the exception of Florida where officials had a change of heart after political pressure from the state’s Republican governor. Environmental officials repeatedly disregard scientific advice. There are over 200 scientific and technical advisory committees that exist to offer expert guidance to federal officials in crafting and implementing policy. The Trump Administration is essentially ignoring all of them.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges confronting our planet. It is very real and must be addressed. Yet the Trump Administration treats climate change like “fake news”. Trump pulled the United States out of the historic global Paris Agreement established to address climate change, the ONLY country not to participate. The Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science has been disbanded. Officials have removed information related to climate change from the EPA website. These are just a sampling of actions that are detrimental to our environment, practically and symbolically.
Mike supports legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our reliance on foreign sources of energy and increase 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 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 are directly creating thousands of new green jobs.
Mike champions the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), fighting every year for adequate funding. The Trump Administration is determined to end this important program that helps keep people alive. Extreme cold in the north and extreme heat in the south are a risk for the elderly and those with underlying health issues. LIHEAP helps to make heating or cooling one’s home a little easier. Yet Trump is dismissive of its proven success.
Respecting and preserving our environment has always been a priority for Mike. 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;
- Revitalizing parks and playgrounds;
- Reclaiming acres of industrial land and turning them into open space
Mike is standing strong against the Trump Administration’s relentless assault on environmental policies. This weakening of protections that are in place to help preserve our planet and protect the public health are damaging to all of us. Mike will do everything he can to stop the rollback of environmental policies and take on climate change.