Though Henry David Thoreau is considered by many to be a founder of environmentalism, some of the best environmental writings come from Ralph Waldo Emerson. One of my favorite quotes of his is this:
"He who knows the most, he who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the water, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man."
As state senator, I will always work to protect those "enchantments." I've spent countless hours in Walden Woods in deep understanding of the sacred duty we have to protect the earth for us, and for future generations.
But today, due to waste, pollution, and unsustainable fossil fuel use, the future of our planet itself is at risk.
As state senator, I will support development of alternative, sustainable forms of energy, including but not limited to on-shore and off-shore wind energy, solar energy, and ocean wave energy, and support the development of clear and expedited permitting to fast track these developments.
I will support passage of the expanded bottle bill.
I will support stronger public transportation, oppose service cuts, and encourage the development of new housing and business development near existing public transportation lines and stations. An online sales tax, a gas tax that provides protections for low-income families, congestion pricing, and toll roads can all help raise the necessary revenue.
I will support energy efficiency, including supporting a pilot program to label buildings with energy efficiency ratings, and improved weatherization of existing buildings, with low-interest loans available to building owners who can repay the loans at the rate their buildings save on energy costs.
With Republicans in climate change denial, and corporate political spending on steroids to elect candidates who will gut the Environmental Protection Agency, it's more important than ever to have the strong leadership I will provide in the Massachusetts State Senate to protect the environment, and preserve our enchantments for generations to come.