Press release from the Becky Coletta campaign:
PEMBROKE, MA – Progressive Democrat Becky Coletta, candidate for State Senate in the open Plymouth & Barnstable district, today announced her support for comprehensive legislation to put a price on carbon pollution emitted from fossil fuels. She is also announcing that she will be signing the Sunrise Movement Pledge to not accept any campaign donations over $200 from the fossil fuel industry.
“Putting a price on carbon pollution is the best way to tackle climate change and help us move away from dirty fossil fuels,” said Coletta. “It also raises new revenues that we can invest in clean energy and green infrastructure.”
The issue of carbon pricing will be the focus of a Legislative committee hearing to be held Tuesday, January 14th at the State House where a series of bills are under consideration. Carbon pricing works by charging a fee to those who import fossil fuels, thereby creating incentives to switch to lower cost alternatives. A portion of the revenue would be invested in green infrastructure and the rest would be sent directly back to residents and businesses in the form of rebates.
Coletta is the first candidate in the race to publicly announce her support for this landmark climate change initiative.
“Here on the South Shore and Cape Cod we’re on the front lines of climate change. If elected, I pledge as the next state senator to be a leader on this issue. Combating climate change will improve public health, spur innovation, and protect our environment for future generations,” Coletta said. “I hope all my fellow candidates will join me in supporting carbon pollution pricing and ensuring the Legislature takes prompt action.”
According to a 2014 report prepared for the Mass. Department of Energy Resources implementing carbon pricing in Massachusetts would create a net of 10,000 new jobs. In addition, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which covers 10 states in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic added $1.4 billion in net economic value to participating states, produced $220 million in energy savings, and reduced expenditure on out-of-state fossil fuels by $1.37 billion between 2015-2017. Improvements to air quality and public health over RGGI’s first six years were valued at $8.3 billion.