Emily Norton

Chapter Director, Massachusetts Sierra Club

Stories by Emily Norton

Lawmakers should embrace clean energy

Lawmakers should embrace clean energy

Say no to gas pipelines financed by electric ratepayers

STARK NEW ESTIMATES of the potential cost of climate change to Massachusetts’ homeowners should make the Legislature act more urgently than it already has to halt the state’s consumption of fossil fuels and resulting release of greenhouse gases. According to a June analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 89,000 buildings in the Commonwealth worth(...)

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Silver lining in Northern Pass collapse

Silver lining in Northern Pass collapse

Baker administration has opportunity to boost wind and solar

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER HAS another chance to deliver the affordable, reliable and clean energy that Massachusetts families and businesses want. His first decision, a proposal to export our energy dollars to purchase destructive hydropower from Canada, has been appropriately rejected by New Hampshire officials. Now, the Baker administration has given itself until this Friday, February(...)

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Hydro-Quebec power is not what we want

Hydro-Quebec power is not what we want

Emission reductions, tribal claims, money outflow all concerns

OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, the Baker Administration will be making billion-dollar decisions about the kind of energy that will be powering our homes, businesses, and municipalities for decades to come. It is critical we get it right. Across the globe we are watching the devastating impacts of climate disruption. The specter of extreme storms,(...)

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Mass. citizens point the way on climate change

Mass. citizens point the way on climate change

State leaders and policymakers need to get on same page as voters

WE LIVE IN a time when the way we power our lives is literally putting our survival at stake. We’re seeing an increase in deadly natural disasters, glaciers melting at a worrisome rate, and American states and territories at risk of disappearing from the map due to rising sea levels. Yet the Trump administration seems(...)

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Kill the Access Northeast pipeline

Kill the Access Northeast pipeline

We don't need it and can't afford it

LAST MONTH, 74 conservation commissions across Massachusetts sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter asking him to drop his support for new natural gas pipelines, and over 450 small business owners petitioned the governor to say no to new pipelines. Massachusetts does not want more fossil fuel pipelines. We don’t need them and we can’t afford(...)

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Mass. should boost renewable targets

Mass. should boost renewable targets

Omnibus bill offers opportunity to go further

MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE LEADERS are currently drafting an omnibus energy bill to secure new supplies of electricity as much of the region’s fleet of aging nuclear, coal, and oil power plants are now set to retire. Any proposed energy legislation should achieve three key goals. First, the bill must provide reliable and affordable clean energy to(...)

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Regulatory review a dangerous path

Regulatory review a dangerous path

Baker's call to streamline rules threatens forward-looking Massachusetts policies

NOW THAT SPRING has finally arrived in the Commonwealth, many of us are starting our spring cleaning – getting rid of clutter, washing windows and drapes, dusting away cobwebs. And perhaps that is Gov. Baker’s intention with his recent executive order calling for a review of all existing regulations enforced by the executive branch – to(...)

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Dem governor better on fiscal issues

Republicans are not the best advocates for reform

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that Republicans do a better job safeguarding your tax dollars. Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is counting on this perception. As he said recently on WGBH radio, voters “want people on Beacon Hill to behave the way they do and stretch a buck.” But(...)

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